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Use the Library Catalog to Find Books


Searching for a Book

  1. Use the library catalog to find books in the holdings of the Libraries.
  2. 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 the Results 

After searching, look for these details:

1. Is this book in print or is it an e-book?

2. If the book is in print, is it AVAILABLE? 

3. 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. 

4. Select the available pick-up location is best for you.


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.



Want a copy of a print article or of a book chapter?  

You can request a copy via the "Get a Scan" button.  This option may take a few days.


Can’t find what you are looking for?

  1. Request a copy thru InterLibrary Services (ILS) - ILS can obtain books, article scans, and other material not owned by the UT-Austin Libraries
  2. Request a book be added to the library via the Suggest a Purchase form 

We recommend you search the UT library catalog for both electronic and print books.

But you can also search by publishers:

For more help and information go to this handy ebook chart.

Encyclopedias can be a good place to start your research.  They provide background information on an unfamiliar topic; list key terms, facts, statistics, and definitions; and suggest additional resources.​


Library Databases with Encyclopedia Content -- a Selection:

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