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English 1311 & 1312 Research: Academic Search Complete

A how-to guide to resources most useful for conducting research for English 1312



Searching Tips...

  • Use Limiters
    •  You can specified what type of documents you want to retrieve by selecting proper limiters such as document type and years and other limiters available in Academic Search Complete.

  • Combine your ideas effectively using:
    • AND, to combine terms for specific results
    • OR, to allow for synonyms, and to broaden results
    • NOT, to exclude terms from your search

  • Search Phrases
    • Place quotations around the set of words you want to be read as phrases such as "poverty reduction"


Helpful Video Tutorials

Click on the following links to view a short tutorial on each topic. For flash-free mobile and Apple devices click on

Introduction to Online Databases  (2:00)  

Search Strategies for  Finding Articles  (3:50)  

Finding Full-Text Articles  (2:46)  

The Different Types of Articles (Magazines, Journals and Newspapers)  (4:40)  

Scholarly Articles  (3:09)


    Academic Search Complete

     Academic Search Complete is the most commonly searched database by UTEP undergraduates because it is a multidisciplinary database and links to more relevant and authoritative sources than Google. 

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