Search the Teaching Materials
Find Background Information
This guide has suggested resources and tips for your students.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Find entries from 100+ subject encyclopedias.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context, 1980-present
Find differing points of view on current social issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 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.
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.
Find Primary Sources
This guide provides sources for finding historical and contemporary speeches.
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.
Find Statistics and Public Opinion Polls and Surveys
A guide to polls and surveys available in library databases and on the web.
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.
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.