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ME 333T - Engineering Communication

Books and Book Chapters

Finding Information from Books

For this class, we don't think of books as the first stop, but books can help by providing an overview of a topic and by giving background information.  The library catalog indexes the holdings of the libraries at UT-Austin.  Expect to find both print and electronic books.  Books of interest may be at various locations across campus; ask for Pick-it-Up service to have a book sent to the library you prefer.


Using the Library Catalog

Search for a Book

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.


Understanding your Results 

After searching, you need to look for these 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? 

3. Is the book AVAILABLE? 

4. Are you ready to check out? Write down the call number and note the location.

5. If the book is checked out or if you want staff to retrieve the book for you, click on "Pick It Up" and follow the steps to request the book. 


Checking out a Print Book

Once you've located your book --- or gone to the desk where it is waiting --- all you need is your UT ID to check it out.


Using an Electronic Book

Click to follow the link; usually marked as, "electronic resource".  You may be asked to log in with your EID and password.


Google Books

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