For New Arrivals: Getting Started with Your Library
Let's face it,
navigating the universe of scientific information is complicated. Your Libraries are here to help you. This checklist will help get you set up and ready to do research. If you're already an experienced scientist but new to UT-Austin, this list will help you figure out where everything is.
Obtain your UT EID
- You will need your EID and password to renew books, log into library workstations and scanners, and access licensed resources from off campus.
- Make sure that you choose a strong password, which is required for login to library workstations and most other things.
- NEVER share your EID and password with anyone else. Watch out for phishing scams that ask for them!
- Attention new postdocs: UT-EIDs assigned to incoming postdocs and official visitors may not have sufficient privileges to allow you to access library resources remotely (off campus) or to view the SciFinder registration pages. Consult with your department and the ID Center if you have problems.
Organize your E-mail identity.
- Set up any necessary UT email accounts, and make sure all your new mail is forwarded from accounts you will not use much to the account you will use most.
- Log into UTDirect and make sure your preferred email address is entered. This is the address to which official University communications - including mail from the Libraries - will be sent. You are solely responsible for making sure official communications reach you.
- Make sure mail from lib.utexas.edu is whitelisted (not marked as junk). Automated Library overdue reminders and recall notices come from that source. Failure to receive or read notices does not excuse borrowers from circulation policies or penalties.
Set up your computer:
- Obtain BevoWare software to get UT-compliant security, media viewers, browsers, email clients, virus protection, etc. Bevoware is free to students and faculty.
- Make sure you have a good anti-virus system running and that it's always up to date.
- If you have questions about computer support or licensed scientific software products you can contact the College of Natural Sciences IT office.
- Learn about our wireless network if you'll be using a mobile device.
- Update your Web browser: Install the newest versions, and make sure you install and enable the latest Java version, which is often needed for structure drawing.
Register for your SciFinder search account.
- If you already have an account from another institution, you'll have to create a new one - they are not transferable. An email account ending in utexas.edu is required to register.
Start keeping up with the literature:
- You can set up email or RSS feeds for new content in your favorite journals.
- You can set up "Keep Me Posted" alerts in SciFinder or Web of Science.
- You can set up alerts in the Library Catalog to find out about new books matching your interests.
- Browse our New Book Shelf regularly, or scan our virtual Recent Arrivals site.
Select a reference management tool.
- You're going to be searching and saving a lot of literature references and articles, and a reference management tool such as EndNote or Zotero will help you organize and keep track of them.
Register for an ORCID iD.
- If you don't already have one, you'll need one as you start publishing in journals and applying for grants. An ORCID iD is a personal, permanent digital identifier to which you can link all your publications, resolve name ambiguity, and gather important metrics about your impact as an author.
Know the services the Libraries provide to you.
- Our Get a Scan service lets you request free scans of journal articles and book chapters from any campus library or storage facility.
- Our Pick It Up service lets you request delivery of books and media from any campus library to the branch of your choice, including those checked out to others.
- Our Ask a Librarian virtual reference service lets you chat and email questions, or schedule a consultation with a librarian.
- Instructors: Set up your course reserves using an online request form.
Visit in person.
- Carry your UT ID card for checking out materials.
New postdocs: Your ID may not be automatically validated for library checkout. Your appointment information will need to be complete and verified in our systems, and you will need to provide a valid email address, before you can check out books.
- Purchase a copy card to use fee-printers in the Libraries. They don't take cash.
- Familiarize yourself with important print reference sources in chemistry subjects.
- View the Library Hours page to see when libraries are open.
If you have any questions, please ask a staff member or send us an email.