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TC 302: Sex & Society - Aiken

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Find Articles on a Topic

For this assignment, you might need several types of sources:

Source Type Start Here

Scholarly Articles

(focus of writing assignment 1)

Use library search tools, see recommendations below. 
Information from Professional Associations

Start with a specific site or use Google (but be sure to find out more about unfamiliar organizations). These three organizations might be useful for this assignment:

- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) *note, ACOG and AMA publish journals, which might be easier to access via a library search, but they have other materials freely available on their sites. 

- American Medical Association (AMA)

- American Cancer Society

Reports from think tanks and government agencies

(might need for OpEd)

Google or on a specific site (like the one for the Brooking Institution). Use recommendations and Google Search Tips below. Make sure to evaluate potential sources.


(Might need for OpEd)

The UT libraries has a subscription to the New York times - use the link on the side bar to activate your subscriptions. Can also use Google or the UT Libraries NexisUni database. Make sure to evaluate unfamiliar publications. 

Searching databases is different than searching Google. Distil what you're looking for into a few key terms or phrases, rather than whole sentences. 

You will need multiple sets of keywords for each of the claims you're researching in this assignment. 

  1. Are pregnancy and birth safe in the United States?
  2. For each main concept, brainstorm a few synonyms and related terms (broader or narrower) that get at that concept:
    • Key Concepts 

      Pregnancy/birth Safety United states
      Related Terms



      Maternal Mortality (includes the safety piece)






  3. Combine key terms using AND and OR:​​
    • AND narrows your search by looking for articles with all of the words (your two or three key concepts should be connected with AND, because you need all of them represented in useful articles). 
    • OR broadens your search by looking for articles with any of the words (synonyms and related terms should be separated by OR - they get at the same key concepts, so any of them are useful).
  4. Try different combinations of your keywords to get better results as you search.

Databases and Web Resources for your Class

Scholarly Articles (mostly)


Background and overviews

Google Search Tips:

  • Search only a specific site (ex: or domain (ex: .edu or .gov) by typing in your search followed by, (ex: HIV/AIDS prevention
  • Search for an exact phrase by putting your search terms in quotation marks (ex: “over the counter”)

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