The University of Texas

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
Gale Virtual Reference Library Search Tips for Students

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

Tips for teaching Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Access World News
Explore a specific event or compare a wide variety of viewpoints on topics.

CQ Researcher, 1991 - present
Track controversies in the news, written by journalists and experts.

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
Finding Newspaper Articles in LexisNexis, including U.S., International, Texas, and University News searches.

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.
Finding Editorials in Academic Search Complete

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

• Use an * to truncate terms. Example: universit* will find universities or university.
Finding Editorials in Academic OneFile

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.

Find newspaper articles from top national and international newspapers (including full text of the Wall Street Journal), newswires, business journals, market research reports, analysts reports and websites.

Finding Newspaper Articles in Factiva

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

Finding News and Television Transcripts in LexisNexis
Use LexisNexis to find transcripts of television and radio shows.

Finding News Transcripts and Audio Files in Academic OneFile
Academic OneFile contains the transcripts to National Public Radio (NPR) broadcasts from as late as 1990. Most older results include only the transcript, while newer results (2006-) include the transcript AND the link to the audio file. This is a great way to search NPR holdings and to circumvent buying an NPR transcript!

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. Includes Vital Speeches of the Day, a monthly publication of important public speeches and addresses from prominent figures, which can be found in Academic Search Complete.

6.  Images/Visual Resources

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

Search the Library Catalog for DVDs

Finding Images in Academic Search Complete

Finding Images in Academic OneFile

Finding Images in Gale Virtual Reference Library

Finding Images in Opposing Viewpoints

Finding Images in ProQuest Newspaper Databases (New York Times, Washington Post and LA Times)

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.

Flickr: Free image sharing site on the web, organized by tags and subject.

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

  • ProQuest Newspapers
    A guide for finding political cartoons in the current and historical ProQuest Newspapers databases.
  • Library PressDisplay
    Find political cartoons published during the last 60 days in over 300 titles from the national and international press. Select Editorial & More to browse the editorial and opinion sections of many newspapers. Choose Advanced Search to search for your topic. Enter your keywords and use the phrase political cartoon as a search term. Limit your search to newspapers published in the USA and to English language newspapers.
  • Newspapers
    Local, national and international newspapers and news sources. And links to other newspaper collections online. Select Search News to search single or multiple news sources, or select individual newspapers to search their websites. Most political cartoons appear in the Editorial or Opinion section of newspapers.
  • Google Image Search and Google News
    Enter your keywords and use the phrase political cartoon as a search term. If Google Image Search yields older results, narrow down the search by entering the year you're interested in finding images from.
  • The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
    Search for political cartoons on your topic or browse recently published cartoons on current topics from many national and local newspapers.
  • Time Magazine Cartoons
  • Slate's Cartoonbox
    Searchable by Topic

8.  Determining and Evaluating Context/Media Kits

  • To see a newspaper article within the context of the publication, use Library Press Display or ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Both of these provide images of the page so that students can see where in the paper it appeared (front page, below the fold, etc.) and what stories surround it.
  • To determine how stories are covered from one newspaper to another, use Factiva (limited to 12 simultaneous users). For example, students can see an article published in the Wall Street Journal and find other articles on the same topic published in other newspapers that same day.
  • 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.
  • To better understand the context of a website within the larger web, use link: before a URL in a Google search to find out who is linking to that site. This can reveal useful connections between organizations, commentary on the site being made by another site, and other relationships that provide additional context for the website.
    • Example: link: provides you with a list of other websites that are linking to the Libraries site.
  • You will get different results depending on whether you include the "http://" at the beginning of the URL.
    • Example: is a different search than link:
  • The results may not be a complete picture of all linking sites. It will only include those pages indexed by Google.

9.  Scholarly Articles

Multidisciplinary Databases
Academic Search Complete and Academic OneFile are multidisciplinary databases that contain both scholarly and popular articles. You can limit your search results to scholarly articles in both databases.

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 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.

How to set up sharing in NoodleTools tutorials - Use NoodleTools to have your students share their project bibliographies with you for feedback. See these tutorials for instructions or contact LIS staff for help.

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.


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