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ASTR 2320: Life in the Universe: Finding Books & Background Information

Resources for exploring term paper topics for ASTR2320 Life in the Universe.

Searching for Books

You can find books in the UT Library Catalog using either keywords for your topic, or using Subject Headings such as those listed below. 

Searching by keyword allows you to find words mentioned in book titles, chapter titles, subjects, and author names.  Keyword searches can be combined to find books on two or more topics using AND or OR.  Searching by Subject Heading is more precise, but searches for broad topics in the book.  See the UT Library Catalog Guide for more information about searching.

Some subject headings you may want to start at include the following.  Some will have cross references to other related topics, and most will have sub-headings for more specific topics, formats, or geographic areas:

UT Library Catalog Search


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Reference Books

Use these books for definitions and quick background information on a topic, not for current developments or in-depth treatments.

Dr. Federman recommends.... Books

Mars roverThe following books are recommended text on a wide variety of topics dealing with the origin and development of intelligent life on the Earth and throughout the universe.

Subject Guide

Science Online

Science Online is a set of reference materials and articles compiled by Facts on File.  Searches can bring up definitions, encyclopedia articles, videos, and short news items related to your topic.