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UGS 302: Evidence-based Social Change - Prof. Marteleto

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Search for a Book

From the UT Libraries' homepagetype the book title you are searching for in the search box. 

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. If it says Item in Place, that means the book is available for you to check out. You can either get it from the shelf yourself, or place a Pick it Up request and a library staff member will pull it, send it to the library location you selected, and send an email.

4. If there is a due date, the item is loaned to someone else. Click the Pick it Up Button to request it, but know that the current borrower may have it for 2 weeks before returning it. When it is returned, you'll receive an email telling you your books are ready to pick up from whichever library location you selected when requesting them.

Checking out Books

Once you've either grabbed the book from the shelf or gotten an email saying your requested book is ready, head to the library location you selected with your UT ID card to check it out.

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


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 the libray location of your choice. You will receive an email, usually within 1-2 business days, letting you know the book is ready to be picked up. 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 the library where it is located. 


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. If someone requests the book from you, however, you have to return it but may then request it back.


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. You may also request that we borrow the whole book to check out to you. This takes longer because it has to be sent through the mail and the library that loans it to us sets how long you can have it.

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