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CE 301 - Civil Engineering Systems

Library sources to help in finding information on engineering building projects and on other civil engineering research topics.

Books and Book Chapters

Finding Information from Books

Books are a good potential source for many topics selected for this class.  Many better known building projects are included in books and we expect to find books on most research topics in civil engineering.  The library catalog indexes the holdings of the libraries at UT-Austin.  Expect to find both print and electronic books and books at various locations across campus.

Google Books (see side bar) is a great way to find books when topics are not so obviously inside a more comprehensive publication.  Once you have identified a book, check the library catalog to see if UT has it.  If not, you should ask for it through Interlibrary Services (ILS).

Using the Library Catalog

Search for a Book

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.

1. A book may be in print or electronic.  

2. If it's electronic, usually you can follow links to get to the text.

2. If in print, note the owning library and call number. 

3. Is the book AVAILABLE?  If not and the book shows as out to someone else, use the "Pick it Up" service.

4. If it's handy, you can go to the owning library to find the book or use "Pick it Up" to have the book pulled to the check-out desk of the handiest library.


Checking out Books

When you are ready to check out a print book, your UT ID is your library card.

Google Books

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