- Gale Virtual Reference Library: Search hundreds of subject encyclopedias online to find background information and help define your topic
- CQ Researcher - Overview of current hot topics written by journalists. Example: Modernizing the Grid, and 3D Printing
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.
- IEEE Xplore: full-text access to IEEE & IET journals, conference proceedings, & current IEEE standards.
- INSPEC: more than 7 million citations with abstracts to worldwide literature of physics, electronics & electrical engineering, computing & control, and information technology.
- Compendex: Contains more than 11 million citations with abstracts from more than 5,600 journals, reports and conference proceedings covering fields of engineering and technology.
- ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Digital Library - Includes the full text of all ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) publications, including journals, magazines, newsletters, transactions and proceedings.
Choose keywords which represent the main concepts of your topic. Then for each concept, choose a number of keywords, including synonyms and related terms. Re-do the search with related terms to expand your results.
A good place to look for alternative terms is under the Subject Terms:
- 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.
- To locate the book, make sure you write down the entire call number, including the library that owns it.
- When you find the book, browse other books in the same area for similar resources.
- Engineering Library > Finding Information - lots of online research guides to help find various types of engineering information.
- Business Library Resources - the UT business librarian has many helpful research guides and links to over 50 business databases.
- InterLibrary Services Borrowing: will obtain books, article photocopies, and other material not owned by the University of Texas libraries.
Engineering Library - Science Instruction Librarian
Tel: (512) 495-4646