Resources for RHE 306

1.  Background Information

Find Background Information
This guide has suggested resources and tips for your students.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Find entries from 100+ subject encyclopedias.

Tips for teaching Gale Virtual Reference Library

Opposing Viewpoints in Context, 1980-present
Find differing points of view on current social issues.

Tips for teaching Opposing Viewpoints in Context

CRS Reports found in ProQuest Congressional
The Congressional Research Service, a division of the Library of Congress, provides reports to members of Congress on topics relevant to current political events. If you're researching a current controversy, these reports provide useful background information related to the topic. These reports can be searched in LexisNexis Congressional or by searching Google for your topic and CRS report. The reports are often posted by members of Congress on their websites and by other organizations related to the issue, but they are not collected in one location online available to the public.

Tips for searching for CRS Reports

2.  Finding Articles

Find Opinions, Editorials & Opposing Viewpoints
This guide has suggested databases, research tips and a list of liberal and conservative magazines which can be found in the library.

LexisNexis Academic
Find local, state, national and international newspaper articles. Full-text.

• Use an ! to truncate terms. Example: universit! will find universities or university.
Finding Editorials in LexisNexis (use the How to search LexisNexis tab for screenshots and a video)

Academic Search Complete
Find scholarly, popular and some newspaper articles from across disciplines.

• Use an * to truncate terms. Example: universit* will find universities or university.

Library PressDisplay
View full-page images from the last 60 days of over 300 titles from the national and international press. A useful tool for demonstrating the difference between viewpoint articles found in the Editorials section and informative articles from the Front Page.

Using Library PressDisplay in the Classroom

Alt-Press Watch
Provides full-text coverage of newspapers, magazines and journals of the alternative and independent press in America. Includes a broad range of critical issues confronting contemporary society, such as ecology and the environment, grassroots organizing, labor, indigenous peoples, and public policy.

3.  Information about Local Issues

Find Information about Local Issues
A guide and list of resources for finding current information, including local and state news, statistics for Austin and other major Texas cities, University of Texas statistics and Texas statistics and information.

4.  Finding Radio and Television News

LexisNexis allows you to search transcripts - use the advanced search described in the How to Search LexisNexis tab on this student guide.

Vanderbilt Television News Archive
Provides a searchable archive of abstracts of news broadcasts from 1968 to present (ABC, CBS, NBC), 1995 to present (CNN), and selected content from PBS and FOX News. Digitized news broadcasts and special news-related programming from CNN are viewable with the RealOne media player. Also includes ABC's Nightline since 1989.

5.  Find Speeches

Find Primary Sources
This guide provides sources for finding historical and contemporary speeches. 

6.  Images/Visual Resources

Find Images - This guide has suggested resources and tips for your students.

American Memory: Historical photographs, advertisements, films, and more from the Library of Congress.

American Rhetoric: This website is maintained by a UT-Tyler professor of Communication and collects speeches (audio, video and text) found in popular culture.

New York Public Library Digital Collections: Free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections.

Sociological images: Brief sociological discussions accompany thought provoking, compelling and timely imagery.

The Viz. blog: This site is maintained by the CWRL and the Department of Rhetoric and Writing. Posts by instructors often bring up videos and images that may be helpful for classroom activities and discussion starters.

7.  Political Cartoons

8.  Determining and Evaluating Context/Media Kits

  • To evaluate a publication to determine slant, reach and demographics, try the following sources:
    • Standard Rate & Data Services (SRDS) Publications: Search this database to find circulation statistics and a link to the media kit (found under the General Information tab) which includes readership demographics.
    • Ulrichsweb: Global Serials Directory: Search this database for the title of the publication. Records usually include a description of the publication and may also include a "Reviews" tab which provides further insight into the purpose of the publication.

9.  Scholarly Articles

Academic Search Complete is multidisciplinary and contains both scholarly and popular articles. You can limit your search results to scholarly articles.

Subject Specific Databases
UT Libraries also subscribes to many subject specific databases. These databases provide useful articles and information for specialized research within an academic discipline. Depending on your research topic, it may be appropriate to search in a subject specific database for sources. Many subject specific databases will contain more scholarly sources.

Select the subject that best matches your research topic to view a list of databases for that subject
To learn more about a specific database, click on the About link next to its listing.

10.  Public Opinion

Find Statistics and Public Opinion Polls and Surveys
A guide to polls and surveys available in library databases and on the web.

11.  Statistics

Find Statistics
A guide to finding statistics on the web, including a custom Google search box that searches .org and .gov sites, as well as several government statistics websites.

12.  Research Help and Citing Sources

Web-based software to create and format MLA-formatted bibliographies.

Guides and Tools for Citing Sources
Help choosing and using a citation manager (Zotero, EndNote, NoodleTools), and help with citations and avoiding plagiarism.

Ask a Librarian
Students can Instant Message (IM), email, call or visit a librarian for research help.