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ME 302 - Introduction to Engineering Design and Graphics

Books and Book Chapters

Finding Information in Books

Books may help in research by collecting research, collecting data, providing an overview of a topic, or by giving background information.  The library catalog indexes the holdings of the libraries at UT-Austin.  Expect to find both print and electronic books in the collection.  Items in storage are easily retrieved, though there is a delay. 

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) or Suggest a Purchase.

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.


Understanding your Results 

After searching, look for these details:

1. Is the 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.

Google Books

Get a Scan & Interlibrary Loan

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