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Step 1: Analyze Your Argument
Claims, Evidence, Assumptions
Step 2: Find Evidence
Keywords and Database Search Strategies
How to Generate Keywords

  • Use this online tool to create an effective keyword search for your research topic
  • Email the results to yourself
  • Then launch that search in the Library Catalog (to find books) or Academic Search Complete (to find popular and scholarly articles)
Find Background Information
Fill in those gaps in knowledge with background information which helps with keyword brainstorming, identifying important names, dates, and events, identifying various aspects of your topic and narrowing your topic.

Find Articles on a Topic - 3 Options
I.  Library Article Databases
Choose a database to search for articles from scholarly or non-scholarly sources on different topics.

Databases by Subject: databases organized by academic discipline.
         Ex.: Choose PsycInfo for scholarly articles from psychology

Multi-disciplinary Databases: databases which cover numerous academic disciplines.
        Ex.: Academic Search Complete includes scholarly & non-scholarly articles from all disciplines

TIP: To find out what a database contains, click About next to the database name.

II.  Google Scholar
Google Scholar uses Google's search engine to return results for scholarly articles, books and reports.

TIP:  Search GoogleScholar through the Libraries Web Site (from the databases page under G) so that when you find something useful, you are connected to the resources of the Libraries rather than being asked to pay.

Search most, but not all, library content at once and use the limiters on the left side bar after your search to narrow down to the type of article you want.

Start here:  www.lib.utexas.edu > LibSearch Box > Articles tab
Get the Article
If the article is not full-text in the database you are searching, follow Find it at UT to see if it is available in another database or get a scan of it delivered to you.
Find Articles Tutorial

step 3: evaluate your evidence
Evaluate Websites and Articles
Step 4: Cite your Sources
Citation Tools
Get REsearch and Writing Help
Writing Help/Help Creating an Argument
Research Help/Help Finding Evidence
  • Courtney Massie, Undergraduate Writing Center
  • Michele Ostrow, University of Texas Libraries