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OnRamps Rhetoric Research Guide

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Access issues when searching on

Please note that you cannot obtain a Library Account. Do not attempt to access this part of the UT Libraries site.

To access an article or ebook, each record will display a section titled, View Online / Full text availability. Click on the link in that section. The link will usually bear the name of a vendor or database - it is not standard text.

It will say View Online whether it is a text, video or audio resource.

If there is not a link in this section, it means we do not have access to this resource online.

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the section titled View Online is for audio, text and video that we have access to online. If you see no link in this section, it means we do not have access to the resource online.

Where to search

Can I search...EVERYTHING?

Yeah, sure. If you want. You can use the search bar on and search just about everything all at once. If you do this, use the limiters on the left side of the results page because you'll be overwhelmed otherwise.

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Step 1: 

click articles and more under the search bar.

Step 2:

enter your search terms. Start off broad and don't type questions or full sentences - this is not google. Here, i want to know how high schools students experience intersectionality.


Step 3:

Ok, now limit by date, peer reviewed, subject on the left side.

What is Google Scholar?

Q: Is everything in Google Scholar 'scholarly'?

A: No. Judge every article on its own merits.

Q: This advanced search is weird. Am I doing it right?

A: Yes. It's a bad search.

Q: It's telling me to pay for an article. I'm in a rush. Should I?

A: I would never. You are likely not 'logged in'. Use the link I provide below. Alternatively, you may be asking for an article that we don't own. Ask your local library if you can get the article via Interlibrary Loan or search for a similar article using keywords in the result you like.

Q: Why would I use Google Scholar as opposed to another database?

A: I would not! The search is clunky and overwhelming and you can't tell if things are scholarly or not. 

But I wanted to make sure you know what it is if you do decide to use it. The one advantage it has that only a couple other databases have is the Cited By link under the result. That leads you to articles that use this article as evidence and therefore allows you entrance into the 'conversation' around the topic.

What is a database?

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