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Find Statistics
 Find statistics to map trends.
Find Background Information
These sources are good for background knowledge, keyword brainstorming, identifying important names, dates, and events, and narrowing your topic.
Brainstorm Keywords
Because library resources have to be searched differently than Google, it's best to brainstorm keywords before you start. Choose keywords which represent the main concepts of your topic. Then for each concept, choose a number of keywords, including synonyms and related terms.

Then combine them using AND and OR
  • AND narrows your search by looking for articles with all of the words
  • OR broadens your search by looking for articles with any of the words

demographic transition
birth control
population change


birth interval



This keyword tool lets you brainstorm online and send the results to yourself.

Find Articles Using Databases
Start here: www.lib.utexas.edu > Research Tools > Find Articles using Databases

  • Academic Search Complete :  find magazine, newspaper and journal articles on every topic.
  • JSTOR :  Find scholarly articles from across disciplines.
  • Web of Science : Includes scholarly articles from many disciplines.
  • Sociological Abstracts : Scholarly literature from sociology and related disciplines.
  • MEDLINE : Health database that includes articles from major demography journals.
  • POPLINE : Provides worldwide coverage of population, family planning, and related health issues, including family planning technology and programs, fertility, and population law and policy.
Find Books - Library Catalog
Start here: www.lib.utexas.edu > Research Tools > Library Catalog
  • Start with a keyword search to find books on your topic
  • Follow useful Subjects to find more books on the topic
  • Tip:   Search inside books using GoogleBooks and then check the Library Catalog to see if we have the book.
Write and Cite
Evaluate Books and Articles
Evaluate Books and Articles - this decision tree helps you evaluate scholarly books and articles for your annotated bibliography.
Get Help
Contact the course librarian:
Cindy Fisher

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