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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

Research Question Abstract

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Prior to beginning a research paper or project, students are asked to write a short abstract that carefully considers their research question, their role as a researcher (synthesizer, reviewer, problem-solver, etc), the importance of their research question, and the information resources they will need to consult to answer that question. This assignment helps students move beyond researching a broad topic and towards narrowing the focus of their project to a research question. Adapted from an assignment in Professor Stephen Reese's UGS 302: Understanding 9/11 in Fall 2011.

Tips: 
  • When completed before a library instruction session, this exercise helps students arrive with well-defined information needs.
  • It can also be developed into a research proposal assignment (perhaps as an alternative to writing a longer research paper) by asking students to provide an annotated bibliography.
Date created: 
Fall 2011
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Developing and Researching A Controversy

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This assignment helps students map their controversy and find a variety of viewpoints.

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Contact UGS librarians to customize this assignment and an accompanying tailored research guide.

Date created: 
Fall 2011
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Find an Article

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This assignment teaches students how to find an article by brainstorming keywords, choosing a database, constructing a search, and citing the article.

Tips: 

Contact UGS librarians to customize this assignment and get an accompanying tailored research guide.

Date created: 
Fall 2010
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Brainstorming Search Terms

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This guide supports instructors to teach students how to brainstorm effective search terms. It includes exercises for three classroom technology scenarios. Instructors may also have their students use the included worksheet or online tool to turn their topics into effective searches.

Date created: 
Summer 2011
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Using Evidence to Build Arguments

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This resource supports instructors to teach their students how to think about what evidence they will need to synthesize into their research papers, and find and evaluate that evidence. It includes exercises for three classroom scenarios and a worksheet.

Tips: 

Once students identify the evidence they need, they will need guidance about where to search for it. Instructors may either browse the toolkit for tutorials and guides or request a tailored research guide from UGS librarians.

Date created: 
Summer 2011
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Following the Conversation

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This guide presents tips and tricks for following conversations between authors in the popular and scholarly literature and to find reactions to articles and blog posts.

Date created: 
Fall 2008
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Research Log

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This log helps students document their research strategy and keep track of where they found their sources. Instructors can require students to turn this document in with their papers.

Date created: 
Fall 2008
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Find Articles

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This is step-by-step tutorial to teaches students to brainstorm keywords, choose, and search an article database.

Date created: 
Fall 2008
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External Reference: 
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/students/find/findarticles.html

Generate Keywords for Your Research Topic

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This interactive tool guides students through the process of creating an effective keyword search for their research topic using the model described below and then allows students to email the results to themselves and their instructor. Students can also launch the search in the Library Catalog, Academic Search Complete, or JSTOR.

Tips: 

Use this guide to help your students frame their research strategy before they get started.

Date created: 
Fall 2010
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External Reference: 
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/keywords
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