To find a specific book or books on a particular topic, start with UT library catalog. The catalog will tell you which books we own, and will give you the location and call number you need to find the book on the shelf.
Find books beyond UT Libraries
Use specialized search tools such as:
How can I use books in my research?
Get broader coverage of a topic than articles do and more in-depth coverage
Learn more about the relationship between different concepts and topics
When the Libraries purchases books, we usually get materials recommended by scholars or faculty members in the subject.
To find historical perspective
Tip: It can take over a year for many academic books to be published. Use articles to find information on a very current topic.
You can use Search on the Library homepage to search across various book and article databases simultaneously. Many article databases, however, aren’t included in that search tool. To find the best resources for your topic, you might want to go directly to a specific database.
Find the best database(s) for your research topic:
General, multidiscipinary databases are a good place to start since they include both popular and scholarly journal titles covering numerous disciplines. Simply choose one of those databases and type in your keywords to begin to find articles.
Browse for databases by subject (such as Economics, Electrical Engineering, or Art History) if you want to dig deeper into resources covering a specific discipline. If you aren’t sure what subject to choose, look for the academic department that your class is listed under. Once you’ve chosen a subject, search for your topic in one or two of the recommended databases that are listed on the right side of the subject page.
Browse for databases by type if you want to find other kinds of formats, such as encyclopedias, newspapers, government information sources, statistics, maps, images and more.
If you have an article citation:
The Citation Linker will look across various databases to find whether or not we have access to the article online or in a journal on the library shelves. You need a journal title and publication date to use the Citation linker.
If you are looking for articles by a particular author:
Journals are collections of articles that are published on a regular basis to report current research within a discipline.
If you need to find out more information about a journal, Ulrichsweb is a database that indicates which of the 300,000 listed journals are peer-reviewed
Newspaper search can be found under "Resource Type" on your search result page.
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