Books are a good potential source for many topics selected for this class. Many better known building projects are included in books and we expect to find books on most research topics in civil engineering. The library catalog indexes the holdings of the libraries at UT-Austin. Expect to find both print and electronic books and books at various locations across campus.
Google Books (see side bar) is a great way to find books when topics are not so obviously inside a more comprehensive publication. Once you have identified a book, check the library catalog to see if UT has it. If not, you should ask for it through Interlibrary Services (ILS).
Keyword searching is the default but searches can be focused by selecting other options, including a specific author search or limiting by date or location.
After searching, you need to look for four details:
1. Is this book in print or is it electronic (an ebook that you can access online)?
2. If this is in print, which library has it? Click on the link to find out more information about the location.
3. Is the book AVAILABLE? If not, there will be a due date.
4. Are you ready to check out? Write down the call number and click the location link to see where you can find it on the shelf.
Once you've located your book, all you need is your UT ID to check it out.
Yes! If you would like to get a hold of a book that has been checked out, you can request the book. The library will then change the due date so that the current borrower has to return it earlier. To request a book, go to the library catalog, click the pick it up button, log in with your UT EID, and then request the book. You can learn more about this feature here.
Pick it up is a service that allows you to request your book to be retrieved from the shelf and be delivered to the UT library of your choice. It will take an estimated 3-5 days for your book to be retrieved. You can learn more about it here.
If you need more search options, you can look for the list of options available on the left of each catalog page and for the limits offered near the search boxes.
LIB USE ONLY means library use only. When a book has this label under its current status, you can only access and read the book at its library location.
You can renew it unless someone else has asked for it or unless it is a limited-loan item. You can renew your book at any library location or online, through My Account. My Account can be found on the upper right-hand corner of the screen, next to Ask a Librarian.
If the UT Libraries doesn't have a book you need, you can request it through InterLibrary Loan. The service is free and able to provide most materials. Click on the link below to create an account and request a loan.
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