- Gale Virtual Reference Library is database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources to help find background information and define your topic.
- CQResearcher: explores a single "hot" issue in the news in depth each week. Topics range from social and teen issues to environment, health, education and science and technology. Examples include: Fracking Controversy, Space Program, Managing Nuclear Waste, and Domestic Drones.
Using Wikipedia for Academic Research - this is a very helpful 3 minute tutorial on using Wikipedia to locate background information.
- Academic Search Complete: A comprehensive and scholarly database containing magazine, newspaper, and journal articles from across disciplines.
- Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center - This database gathers together viewpoints and information about controversial social issues. Start with a keyword search and click on the Reference tab for background information.
- AIAA: full-text access to all AIAA journals and meeting papers from 1963 to the present.
- IEEE Xplore: full-text access to IEEE & IET journals, conference proceedings, & current IEEE standards.
- Compendex: contains more than 11 million citations from more than 5,600 journals, reports and conference proceedings covering fields of engineering and technology.
- SPIE Digital Library: resources for the subject areas of optics, photonics and imaging.
- OnePetro : Petroleum Engineering
- Scifinder : Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
No full-text? Click the button to see if it is available in another database or in print in the library.
**Tip: If the full-text isn’t available try a Google search with the title of the article in quotes. This tends to work with government sponsored research agencies i.e. NASA, but not with proprietary material such as journals and conference proceedings.
- To find a book on your topic, start with a keyword search.
- When you find a good title, follow the subject headings for more books on the topic.
- When you find the book, browse other books in the same area for similar resources.
- Take note of the location of the book, we have over 10 libraries.
- The call number will help you locate the book on the shelf
- Take note of the current status: If there is a date listed instead of "AVAILABLE" that means the book is checked out to another person. You can request the book back by clicking on the link.
Some terms are more common in the scientific literature (i.e. hydraulic fracturing) while others are more often used by the general public (i.e. fracking.)
- "hydraulic fracturing"
- "injection wells"
- "shale gas industry"
Often times when searching on popular topic your first search will bring back too many results. I recommend adding additional terms to focus your results.
A good place to look for alternative terms is under the subject terms:
- "water supply"
- "water pollution"
- "industrial wastes"
- "groundwater pollution"
- "fracturing fluids"
You may need to do several searches to get the best articles for your needs.
2. Look for background information (I won't use these sources in my cited reference list)
- Wikipedia - encyclopedia (authors are anonymous, vetted (maybe) by the public )
- Gale Virtual Reference Library (written by experts, vetted by editors)
3. Find articles using the library's amazing databases:
- Academic Search Complete - multidisciplinary
- Opposing ViewPoints - multidisciplinary
- AIAA - aerospace
- Compendex - engineering
- library catalog
- not finding enough material on your topic
- having problems finding the full-text of an article
- can't find a book or are having problems with an e-book
Peer-reviewed (refereed) Publications
- letters to the editor,
- new briefs,
- review articles,
- book reviews
Engineering Library - Science Instruction Librarian
Tel: (512) 495-4646
- Engineering Library > Finding Information: lots of online research guides to help find various types of engineering information.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
- InterLibrary Services Borrowing: will obtain books, article photocopies, and other material not owned by the University of Texas libraries. Check out this 3 minute tutorial on using Interlibrary Services.