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UGS Drop-in Research/Writing Labs
Get research help from Library Staff and writing help from Writing Center consultants. Just drop by PCL 1.124 in the basement of PCL during any of the following times:
  • Monday, November 3,  11:30am – 1:30pm
  • Tuesday, November 11,  7:00 – 9:00pm
  • Wednesday, November 19,  7:00pm – 9:00pm
Write & Cite
9/11 Primary Sources
Evaluating Sources
Popular Magazines vs. Scholarly Journals
This grid will help you distinguish between scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles and popular articles.
Compare your article with the components of a scholarly article.

How to Evaluate Books, Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers
This guide provides you with some criteria and tips for exploring the credibility of a source by assessing authority, accuracy, currency, objectivity, and purpose 
Find Background Information
Start by finding broad overviews of your chosen topic. These sources are good for background knowledge, keyword brainstorming, identifying important names, dates, and events, identifying various aspects of your topics, narrowing your topic, and finding other sources using the bibliographies presented at the bottom of entries.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library: Search 100s of subject encyclopedias online to find background information and define your topic. Includes many health-related titles
Brainstorm Keywords
Because library article databases have to be searched differently than Google and require searching for concepts and keywords rather than phrases, it's best to start by brainstorming keywords.

Choose keywords that represent the main concepts of your topic. Then for each concept, choose a number of keywords, including synonyms and related terms. If you're getting too many results, think of other terms that narrows the topic. If you're getting too few results, think of terms that broaden your topic.

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

Example: Newspaper article- In a Reversal, Military Trials for 9/11 Cases.
A trial for
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and the other September 11 plotters on U.S. soil would show America's commitment to the rule of law.

 
OR
Concept 1
AND
Concept 2
AND
Concept 3
Sept* 11
trial
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed
9/11
U.S. Court
mastermind
terrorist attacks
criminal charges
terrorist






By adding a third concept, you narrow your results if you get too many things searching for just "9/11 AND trial".

TIP!   In most databases, use * to truncate (using Sept* does an OR search for you: Sept. 11 OR September 11),  In LexisNexis Academic, use to truncate (ex: Sept!).

TIP!  Avoid keywords like "effect," "cause," "pro," and/or "con" -- these terms fail to provide the precision you need in developing an efficient database search.  Instead, consider the concepts that would need to appear in an article for it to contain information relevant to your topic.

Scholarly Perspectives on 9/11
To find scholars writing in popular sources, try these strategies:

LexisNexis Academic: Add "Dr. OR Professor" in your search to find articles written by scholars. The National Review is included in this database as well as The New York Times and many other newspapers and magazines. Check "Editorials or Opinions" to limit to opinion pieces.

advanced search in lexisnexis with dr. or professor added to search

Academic Search Complete:  Includes many political and current events magazines. More difficult to isolate biographical information about an author, but the search below will get you started. Search for "Professor" in All Text. Look for results where the match is made for "Professor" in the "Author Affiliation" field of the article's record. For example, here's a search for 9/11 editorials by professors in The Nation:



Our Find Opinions, Editorials, and Opposing Viewpoints guide includes a list of political and current events magazines with links to the full text of each. Try the same strategies when searching those titles, using a "Professor" search either in an author or all-text field.

Still stuck? Contact Elise or Ask a Librarian!
Find Popular and Scholarly Articles
ww.lib.utexas.edu > Research Tools > Find Articles Using Databases
Newspapers
LexisNexis Academic: Full text of newspapers from the U.S. and around the world, many same day of publication
Factiva: Full-text articles to top national and international newspapers
Alt-Press Watch: Alternative and Independent press of America
More newspapers

Multidisciplinary: Find popular and scholarly articles from across disciplines.
Academic Search Complete: Find popular and scholarly articles from across disciplines.
JSTOR : Find scholarly articles from across disciplines.

Subject
Political, social, and public policy issues: PAIS
Business, including coverage of airport security issues: Business Source Complete
Religion: ATLA Religion Database
World History: Historical Abstracts
Databases by Subject: Choose a database by academic discipline to search the literature of that field.

Find Opinion
Use the Libraries' Find Opinions, Editorials and Opposing Viewpoints page to search opinion & editorial sources. If you know what journal you'd like to use, Find It at the libraries.
Where is the Article?
If an article is not full-text in the database you are searching, you have two options:

1) Follow to see if it is available in another database or in print in the library.
OR
2)  Search for the title of the journal (not the title of the article) in the Library Catalog or the
Find a Journal page to see if it is available electronically or in print.
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.