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AMS 370: Society, Culture, and Politics in the 1960s / Mickenberg

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Finding Books


Start searching with the big search box on the library homepage.

  • It searches most but not all the library's resources and will show results across six different categories: Articles & More, Books & Media, Journals, Databases, Research Guides, and the Library Website.


Choose "Books & Media" from the choices under the search box on the UT libraries' homepage to search the just the library catalog.

Understanding your Results 

After searching, you need to look for four details:

1. Is this book in print or is it electronic? Under "Show Only", click on "Available Online" to just see ebook results or "Physical Copy" if you are looking for books in print. 

2. Is the book AVAILABLE? If the print copy is not available, there will be a due date or it will say "Not available". If there is an ebook available, it will say "Available Online".

3. If this is in print, which library has it? If you are unable to visit that library to check out, consider picking it up from a closer library using the "Pick it Up" service. 

4. Are you ready to check out? Write down the call number and click the Location link on the catalog record 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 at the front desk of the library. 


Pick it Up

Use the free "Pick it Up" service to request your book to be retrieved from the shelf and be delivered to the UT library of your choice. If you don't see this option in the catalog record, make sure you are logged in. Once you've submitted your request, wait for an email telling you your books are ready before you come get them! This typically takes take 1-2 business days. 

Print books at UT Libraries are arranged by Library of Congress (LoC) call numbers. Although history is covered in many other disciplines (e.g. women's history may also be located in women's studies call numbers while medical history may be in medicine call numbers), the major sections for U.S. History are listed below.

Table of U.S. History LoC Call Numbers

E11-E143 America
E75-E99 Native Americans
E101-E135 Colonization of Americas
E151-E889 United States
E186-E199 Colonial History
E201-E298 Revolution
E456-E665 Civil War
E740-E837 20th Century
E838-E889 Late 20th Century
E895-E904 21st Century 

screenshot of a library catalog record, showing the Virtual Browsing feature


Virtual Browsing: One of the most exciting parts of research is browsing the stacks and finding a book that you didn't know you needed. When you can't browse the shelves in person, patrons can use the library catalog's Virtual Browsing feature. At the bottom of every catalog record is a virtual shelf of books with nearby call numbers, categorized by their similar subject matter. Use this Virtual Browsing to find resources that may give you more context or perspectives on your research topic. When you find a book, you can easily request it through the online catalog and pick it up from the front desk in the PCL. 

I really want this book, but it is checked out. Is there anything I can do?

  • If the print book is checked out ("Not available"), click the Pick it Up button to request it and select the library location where you'd like to pick it up. Keep in mind that it will take several days for the current borrower to return it. Wait for an email telling you your books are ready before you come get them! If you do not see the Pick it Up button, make sure you are logged in with your UT EID. 


Pick It Up?

  • 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 1-2 days for your book to be retrieved. You can learn more about it here. This option will only show up if you are logged in with your UT EID and the book is not Library Use Only. 


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. Contact the library branch or the archive for more information on accessing this resource. 


Need a more advanced search?

  • If you need more options to search, you can click on the Advanced Search link to the right of the library search bar on the results page. 


I can't find the book that I need. What can I do?

If the UT Libraries doesn't have a book you need, you can request it through InterLibrary Loan. The service is free and unlimited. Depending on the book, it can take 5-10 days for the item to arrive at UT Libraries. 


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