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 literature research in chemistry. If you're an experienced chemist new to UT-Austin, this list will help you figure out where everything is. (New graduate students should also see the Libraries For Graduate Students
page. If you're a new undergraduate, check out the For Undergraduates
Obtain your UT EID
- You will need your EID and password to renew books, log into library workstations, and access information resources from off campus.
Be safe and secure:
- 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.
- 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 enter the SciFinder registration pages. This is a function of your appointment and is not handled by the Libraries. 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 not automatically marked as junk. This is where automated Library overdue reminders and recall notices will come from. Failure to receive 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 and that it's always up to date.
- Remember that UT offers special pricing and licensing options for many commercial software products.
- If you have questions about departmental IT support or licensed software products (e.g. ChemDraw, CSD, Spartan, etc.) see the Chemistry IT home page.
- Learn about our wireless network if you'll be using a laptop.
Install a good Web browser:
- Firefox is a good all-purpose browser. It's widely compatible with third-party tools and has lots of add-ons for extra functionality. Chrome is increasingly popular, but has issues with Java-based structure applets.
- Make sure you have the latest Java and JRE versions installed. These are often needed for chemical structure viewing and drawing within tools like SciFinder and Reaxys.
- Configure your browser to open and read PDF documents as desired.
- Install library browser add-ons to help you in your research.
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.
Bookmark some good starting points:
Start keeping up with the literature:
- You can set up alerts for 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.
Consider purchasing EndNote software.
- If you're going to be searching and saving a lot of literature references and PDF articles, a reference management tool is a time saver.
- The Libraries provide campus access to EndNote Web, but the productivity software package is more powerful and worth the investment.
Get familiar with the Libraries' services.
- 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.
- Instructors: Set up your course reserves using an online request form.
Be ready to use the physical library.
- Always carry your UT ID card. You can't check out anything from a library without it.
(Attention 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.)
- Buy a copy card to use photocopiers and 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 know when libraries are open.
If you have any questions, please ask a staff member or send us an email.