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TC 302: History of the Self - Matysik

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Single articles on a topic are found in our library databases.  The UT Libraries pay to have access to these databases and the articles they contain.

For this class, using the advanced library search bar might be a good idea, limit to books or scholarly articles.

JSTOR and Academic Search complete contain materials from lots of different subject areas. The other databases recommended for your class are more focused on a subject area. Think about what subject area your topic falls into, and if you aren't sure, use the library search bar advanced searc, JSTOR, or Academic search complete. 


Searching databases is different than searching Google. Distil what you're looking for into a few key terms or phrases, rather than whole sentences. Think of different ways to say those key terms, because different writers will refer to the same concept using different terms. To turn your topic into keywords or search terms, use this tool, or:  

  1. Write down your topic and underline the main concepts (ex. Hannah Arendt and the concept of self in The Origins Of Totalitarianism) * Authors or specific works may not have related terms.
  2. For each main concept, brainstorm a few synonyms and related terms (broader or narrower) that get at that concept:
    • Key Concepts 

      Hannah Arendt The Origins of Totalitarianism Self
      Related Terms




      Self concept

      Jewish Identity


  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.



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