Hold up. All of these interfaces look the same.
Yes! These scholarly databases are from the information services vendor EBSCO. Each database covers a difference discipline and includes different types of sources. (Some have only peer-reviewed journals, while others have books, journals, dissertations, newspapers, and other publications.)
You can search them all at once by selecting the "Choose databases" above the search bar.
Start searching with the big search box on the library homepage.
A more targeted place to search is at the link for Articles & More beneath the search bar.
On the left toolbar in Articles & More, check these boxes for credible & relevant results:
If you want to narrow even more, try these options to filter:
Keep an eye on the number of your search results. Start browsing when you feel you have a manageable number of results to skim through.
Not all of our books are available online as ebooks. Here is how to limit your search to only books available online.
Remember that your keyword strategy will need to be broader because books cover broader topics than do articles.
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The HathiTrust is a large digital library bringing together materials from Google Books, the Internet Archive, libraries at HathiTrust partner institutions (including the UT Libraries), and other commercial digitization projects.
Much of their content is under copyright, but with physical library closures due the COVID-19 pandemic, the HathiTrust has opened copyrighted content that duplicates the print holdings of participating libraries. This means that you can access digital copies of much of the UT Libraries' print collections while our buildings are temporarily closed. Each copyrighted ebook is limited to one UT Austin user at a time. Ebooks are read-only and not downloadable.
The process of "checking out" a HathiTrust copyrighted ebook is complicated. To aid in this process, please use this tutorial. If you have questions about using HathiTrust, please contact us through our Ask A Librarian services.
Go through the Libraries' proxied link, below:
Click on the yellow "Log In" button.
Choose "The University of Texas at Austin" from the drop-down menu of partner institutions.
Log in with with your UT EID and password. Please note that this only applies to current UT Austin faculty, staff, and students.
From the default search page, click on "Advanced catalog search," just below the search box.
Search for your desired text. We recommend using a Title and Author search in the Advanced Catalog Search.
Once you find your desired book in the search results, click on "Temporary access".
You will then see a page with an orange banner indicating the book is available. Click the "Check Out" button to access the ebook.
You should now be able to read your selected book. Note the orange banner at the top of the e-reader with check out times and details. If you finish your book early, click the "Return Early" button and close your browser. This makes the book available to other UT Austin readers. Please remember that all ebooks are read-only and you cannot download them.
**Note: If you are accessing a required course text through the HathiTrust, it is especially important that you "return" ebooks when you are done. This allows other students in the class to access them.**
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