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Welcome! This tutorial will walk you through the steps of a successful search for scholarly resources useful to your E 314 L course assignment.
It will take 10-15 minutes. The text in this box contains directions for using the website to the right.
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This is the UT Libraries’ homepage. It’s an excellent place to start your research for any academic assignment!
We’ll start with the blue-green search box in the mid-left portion of the page.
Click the right arrow below to proceed to the next page.
Click on the Databases tab in the blue-green search box. It is the third tab from the right.
Why Databases and not the other tabs?
The library subscribes to several scholarly databases (similar to search engines). Many of these databases are specific to a discipline, like Literature, Sociology, or Biology. Starting your research in a disciplinary database means you will find results more relevant to your topic. The general search tab will pull resources from many different disciplines.
For more explanation of scholarly library databases, check out this video from the Australian university RMIT.
Once you click on the Databases tab, type in the database name "MLA International Bibliography" and click Find.
This will take you to the library’s database portal with a list of links. Choose the first link for MLA International Bibliography. This link should take you into the database, which has a blue and green interface.
In the top search box, enter the terms: crime OR noir
And in the second row, enter: graphic novel OR comic*
Click on the green Search button.
Why use OR, AND, and the asterisk?
See this UT Libraries guide for more explanation on these search commands.
You should now have a list of results -- a mix of journal articles, books, and book chapters.
If you look to the left side of the page, you’ll see a series of features that will help you narrow down your results by Publication Date, Source Type and Subject.
One feature that is particularly helpful is the checkbox that limits your results to only scholarly, peer-reviewed articles.
Not sure what peer review means?
See this UT Libraries video for more explanation.
In your list of search results, look for the book chapter, “Crime in Comics and the Graphic Novel” and click on the title.
And it includes Subject Terms, which are linked and will pull up similar articles tagged with the same subject.
If you look to the right margin, you’ll see a list of features, including Print, Email, Cite, and Share.
So we have all this useful information about the book chapter, but how do we find the actual text?
Look on the left margin for the orange-yellow FindIt@UT button.
Click on the button, and it will take you to the publisher’s website where you can download the PDF.
What if the PDF is not available?
Sometimes, when you use the FindIt@UT button, you’ll come across an article the library doesn’t have.
But don’t worry! We can get you the article PDF through Interlibrary Services (ILS). Look for the green-blue Get A Scan button to make a request.
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