- Gale Virtual Reference Library is database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources to help find background information and define your topic. TIP: Try different terms for your topic, for example, if you type "fracking" as a keyword you will only get 4 hits, but if you use the technical term "hydraulic fracturing" you will get 49 hits.
- 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, Managing Nuclear Waste, and Domestic Drones.
- 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.
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.
- LexisNexis Academic: This is a powerful, full-text database that searches much more than just newspaper articles.
- ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Digital Library: Provides online access to all available volumes of the technical journals of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and to ASME conference papers starting with 2002.
- IEEE Xplore: full-text access to IEEE & IET journals, conference proceedings, & current IEEE standards.
- 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.
- OnePetro : Petroleum Engineering
- Scifinder : Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
- Pubmed : Biomedical Engineering
- Aerospace Research Central (formerly AIAA Electronic Library)
- Aerospace Database
No full-text? Click the button to see if it is available in another database or in print in the library.
Choose keywords which represent the main concepts of your topic. Then for each concept, choose a number of keywords, including synonyms and related terms.
A good place to look for alternative terms is under the subject terms:
- "water supply"
- "water pollution"
- "industrial wastes"
- "groundwater pollution"
- "fracturing fluids"
- "injection wells"
- "shale gas industry"
- 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.
A peer-reviewed article is read and evaluated by one or more scholars within the discipline.
Peer-reviewed (refereed) Publications
Unsure if an article is from a peer-reviewed journal? Check the title of the journal in the library database Ulrichsweb.
- letters to the editor,
- new briefs,
- review articles,
- book reviews
- 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.
- You must first create a free account
- To start click on "Create a New Project"
- Choose your citation style
- Give the list a name (i.e. ME 333T); click "Create Project"
- Click on "Bibliography" [at the top]
- Start adding citations
- Recommended online guide for citing your sources: Research and Documentation Online