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Books and Encyclopedias

Find Books

 "There is fantastic information in books. Often when I do a search, what is in a book is miles ahead of what I find on a Web site." —Sergey Brin (Google co-founder)

Search the UT library catalog to find books, journals, DVDs, maps and more.

  • Start with a keyword search to find a book on your topic
  • When you find a good title, follow the subject headings for more books on the topic


  • Take note of the location of the book, we have over 10 libraries.
  • Take note of call number this is how you will locate the book on the shelf.
  • Take note of the current status: If there is a due date listed instead of "available" that means the book is checked out to another person.  But you can request the book back by clicking on the Pick it Up link.


Don't want to come to the PCL library to pick up a book or go to the Fine Arts library to get a DVD?  

Click on the Pick it Up link to have the book, DVD, or CD sent to the library of your choice for checkout. 


Want a copy of a print article or a book chapter?  

You can request a copy via the "Get a Scan" button.  This option may take a few days.


Can’t find what you are looking for?

  1. Request a copy thru InterLibrary Services (ILS) - ILS can obtain books, article photocopies, and other material not owned by the University of Texas libraries
  2. Request a book be added to the library via the Suggest a Purchase form 

We recommend you search the UT library catalog for both electronic or print books.

But you can also search by publishers:

For more help and information go to this handy ebook chart.

Encyclopedias are a great place to start your research! They provide background information on an unfamiliar topic; list key terms, facts, statistics, and definitions; and suggest additional resources.​

Library Databases

  • ASM Handbooks provide "the industry's best known and most comprehensive source of information on ferrous and non-ferrous metals and materials technology."  

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library is database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources to help find background information and define your topic. 

  • Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology is a full-text access to an internationally acclaimed reference source covering chemical and process engineering, industrial and applied chemistry, materials science, polymer science, biotechnology, and more.



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