University of Texas at Austin
Libraries Home | Mobile | My Account | Renew Items | Sitemap | Help |
support us

University of Texas Libraries

University of Texas Libraries
Celebrating the Life

How do I find books?

Books (also known as monographs) come in all sizes and types. They fall into the category of Secondary literature, in that they don't report new research -- they can be seen as a form of review. Most books in the sciences consist of review-type chapters written by various authors and compiled by one or more editors, and they are rarely peer-reviewed. They are a good way to learn about a broad topic in a way that isn't possible with journal articles. They are usually written for an audience of researchers and advanced students.

Textbooks fall in the category of Tertiary literature, and are books written specifically for the purpose of teaching students. They contain review sections and exercises.

E-books are simply books that you can access in an electronic format. Not all books are available this way. E-books from the library are not the same as popular books you'd buy for your personal e-reader device; they often can't be downloaded in full, your period of use may be limited, and there are usually restrictions to printing pages.

Search for books and e-books in our Library Catalog. You can search by keyword, subject heading, author name, or ISBN. The Catalog will tell you if we have a book in the UT Libraries, where it is located, what its current status is, and allow you to request it if it's checked out to someone else. If it's an e-book, you will find a link to it.

Two things that are important to remember:

Start of Tutorial   back   next