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UGS 302: The Land Before Us - Bsumek

Welcome to your Course Research Guide

What is this library session all about?

We're here to get you started doing college-level research. Look at the box below to see what our learning goals are for today's session.

Here are a few things you should know:

  • I am here to help you learn about college-level research. I understand learning doesn't work the same way for everyone, and that an hour isn't long enough to do more than get started. I want you to feel comfortable reaching out for help during and after the session, and confident about using this guide throughout the semester.
  • I do my best to foster an inclusive classroom environment to ensure that all of you are respected, safe and supported in your learning.

Learning Goals

After the library session, you will be able to:

  • locate sources in the UT Libraries for each research assignment in the class.
  • analyze sources for credibility and appropriateness for your research assignments.  
  • identify campus services you can use for help doing research, writing, public speaking and organizing and citing sources.

Course Librarian

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Michele Ostrow

How Can a Librarian Help?

Librarians are available to help with every step of the research process. We are information professionals and love working with students to connect you with the information you need. We can help you:

  • choose a research topic or find a research question
  • broaden or narrow your topic
  • find sources, whether they are books, articles, maps, music, data, etc. We can help you do great searches using Libraries tools and search engines like Google. 
  • evaluate sources. Is it credible? Is it peer-reviewed? etc.
  • recommend tools for organizing your research and citations..


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