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UGS 302: Ethics of AI - Strover and Jiao

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Find Articles on a Topic

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

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Scholarly Articles

Start with the library search bar - advanced search. Try the "peer reviewed" limit. You can also use the recommended library databases below.
Books in the UT Libraries Start with the library search bar - advanced search. You can limit to books. Use the find books tab. Consider publisher and author as you decide if a book is scholarly. You might only read and use the chapters most relevant to your research. 

Reports from government agencies and organizations

Google; a specific site or organization. Use recommendations and Google Search Tips below. Make sure to evaluate potential sources.
Journalism/News UT's New York Times access, Google News, or UT Libraries NexisUni database. Make sure to evaluate unfamiliar publications. If you run into a paywall, UT Libraries might be able to provide access - ask on chat. 

Searching databases is different than searching Google. Distil parts of your topic into a few key terms or phrases, rather than whole sentences. 

  1. What are the ethics of using AI in for medical applications 
  2. For each main concept, brainstorm a few synonyms and related terms (broader or narrower) that get at that concept:
    • Key Concepts 

      AI Ethics Medicine
      Related Terms


      Artificial Intelligence




      Medical Ethics


      Specific concern, ex. Cancer

      or procedure, ex. robot surgery

  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

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Scholarly Articles (mostly)

The UT Libraries have many databases. These are recommended for your class, but you can try others if you like. 

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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