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How to Read a Scholarly Article

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Use this guide to help students dissect and read scholarly and peer-reviewed articles. The guide is organized into sections that asks students to understand and think critically about the information needed to create a citation, the organization of a journal article, and the article's main ideas.

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Customize this guide by pairing it with a course reading. This is best used in conjunction with a class discussion about scholarly articles so that faculty or teaching assistants can continue the discussion as it relates to the course material.

Date created: 
Fall 2013
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Find Primary Sources

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This guide defines a primary source and lists places to find a wide variety of primary sources.

Date created: 
Summer 2012
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External Reference: 
http://lib.utexas.edu/students/find/findprimary.html

Find Legal Information & Court Cases

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This guide lists sources for finding law articles, cases, opinions, code and law.

Date created: 
Summer 2012
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External Reference: 
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/students/find/findlegal.html

Find Book Reviews & Literary Criticism

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This guide explains the difference between literary criticism and book reviews and lists sources for finding them.

Date created: 
Summer 2012
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External Reference: 
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/students/find/findbookreviews.html

Find Newspaper Articles & News Transcripts

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This guide lists sources for finding current and historical newspaper articles.

Date created: 
Summer 2009
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External Reference: 
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/students/find/findnewspaper.html

Find Background Information

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This guide explains the purpose of background information in academic research and shows students how to find background information on their topic.

Date created: 
Summer 2009
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External Reference: 
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/students/find/findbkginfo.html

Find Opinions, Editorials & Opposing Viewpoints

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This guide shows how to find opinion and editorial articles in print and online. It provides a list of publications with opposing viewpoints and shows how to find political cartoons.

Date created: 
Spring 2009
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External Reference: 
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/students/find/findoped.html

Find an Article from a Citation

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This guide walks students through the steps to find an article from a citation.

Date created: 
Summer 2012
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External Reference: 
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/students/find/articlecitation.html

Tutorial for Archival Research on Women's Human Rights

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This tutorial is designed to help students research women's human rights using the archives at the University of Texas at Austin and take them step-by-step through the process of selecting an archive, preparing for research before diving into the collection, using an archive, evaluating the archival material, and thinking critically about the material's creation.

This tutorial was created specifically to support the Signature Courses on women, gender, and human rights supported by the Embrey Women’s Human Rights Initiative.

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External Reference: 
http://www.utexas.edu/cola/cwgs/special/echri/archival-research-tutorial/index.php

Popular, Scholarly or Trade?

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This grid helps students differentiate between popular, scholarly and trade publications and includes an explanation of peer-review.

Date created: 
Summer 2011
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External Reference: 
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/students/find/popularvscholarly.html
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