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UGS 302: African Cosmopolitanisms / Adelakun

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Search for ebooks

Not all of our books are available online as ebooks. Here is how to limit your search to only books available online.

These screenshots (you can open them in a new tab to enlarge) lead you from

Step 1:

Use the Books and Media link under the search bar on


Step 2:

On the next screen, enter your search terms.


Step 3:

oN the left side, you can limit to items available online


Step 4:

Under each result, there is a link Available Online. Click that.

Step 5:

every publisher link is differently named once you are in the full record

Looking for a book?

Search for a Book

From the UT Libraries' homepagetype the book title you are searching for in the search box. You'll find results across six different library resources.

homepage search box

When your results load, select "Library Catalog" from the dropdown arrow to narrow your results to include books and media

Understanding your Results 

After searching, you need to look for four details:

Catalog record with details numbered

1. Is this book in print or is it electronic (an ebook that you can access online)?

2. If the book you want is a physical book, log into your account and look for the pick it up button. 

Location of the Pick it up button, under "get it" after you log in to your account.

3. Is the book AVAILABLE? If not, there will be a due date. Click the Pick it Up Button to request it, but know that it will take some time for the previous borrower to return it and for the book to be quarantined. Wait for an email telling you your books are ready before you come get them!

4. Are you ready to check out? Click the Pick it Up button and a library staff member will get the book and bring it to the PCL checkout desk. Wait for an email telling you your books are ready before you come get them! You can't go get the books yourself right now. 


Checking out Books

Wait for an email telling you your books are ready before you come to PCL to get them. Bring your UT ID. 


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

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?

Pick it up is a service that allows you to request your book to be retrieved from the shelf and be delivered to PCL. It will take an estimated 3-5 days for your book to be retrieved. Because of COVID, this is the only way you can currently check out books. You can learn more about it here.


Need a more advanced search?


If you need more options to search, you can click on the Books & Media link, located under the search box on the UT libraries' homepage.  This will take you to the catalog and you can choose Advanced Search.

Books & Media catalog link



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 in PCL. 


I checked out a book, and I am not ready to return it. What can I do?

You can renew it! You can renew your book at any library location or online, through My Accounts. My Accounts can be found on the upper right-hand corner of the screen.


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 a scan of up to three chapters through InterLibrary Loan. The service is free and unlimited. Click on the link below to create an account and request a scan.

Can books be scholarly?

When you search for scholarly books, there are never any tidy buttons to press and limit your search. That's because they don't undergo the same peer review process as a journal does (though it's similar). So how do you know if it is scholarly?

  1. is it written by a scholar? This would be an academic in most cases. Someone who works at a research institution.
  2. Are they using research for evidence to make their claims? Are they joining the scholarly conversation around the topic (you can check the references in the back of the book to get an idea quickly. No references? well, it's probably not scholarly.)
  3. is it on a university press? Ok,it doesn't have to be and university presses also publish non-scholarly stuff, but for many disciplines, this is a helpful clue. There are a handful of scientific publishers - such as Elsevier or Springer that also publish scientific scholarship and are not affiliated with a university.

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