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Tip Jar Post #11: Googling for Books

You swear the library has got to have something on your topic, but you each time you search in the library catalog, you don’t get any results. No, don’t just go buy the book online, instead use the librarian’s secret weapon: Google Books!

Google has partnered with many publishers and libraries (including UT!) to scan books that are fully searchable online. While some books are out of copyright and can be read in their entirety online, most are limited in what they allow you to access. However, as a way to search for your topic, Google Books is a great time saver. Simply type in your paper topic, phrase, place, or name and see what books mention it. Then, using the Find in a Library link, check to see if the Libraries own the book for you to borrow. Even if we don’t, we can borrow it (free of charge) from another library. So get started with a more efficient way to search for library books and never miss another key resource for your paper or presentation.

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Tip Jar Post #7: Keep Track of Everything You Read

Female student runs to the library to ask the librarian if she knows of a library book with a green cover.

Have you ever tried to remember a book you’d read, but all you could recall were a few details, like that it was about World War II and it had a red cover?  Makes it pretty hard to find.  Don’t let that happen to you again!  You can keep track of all the items you check out from the UT Libraries with one click of a library catalog button, illustrated by the tutorial below.

Collecting your reading history is entirely private and you can opt-out at any time. It works for anything you physically check out from the library – books, DVDs, CDs, journals, reserve readings, etc. It won’t collect items you’ve checked out from other libraries via InterLibrary Services, but you can view things you’ve checked out from them simply by logging into to your ILS account. Happy tracking!

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week is September 27 – October 4. As the American Library Association states, “Observed since 1982, the annual event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.”

More information about Banned Books Week can be found at:

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Check out this list of the 10 Most Challenged Books of 2007, provided by the American Library Association.

1. “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell

Reasons: Anti-Ethnic, Sexism, Homosexuality, Anti-Family, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group

2. “The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier

Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Violence

3. “Olive’s Ocean,” by Kevin Henkes

Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language

4. “The Golden Compass,” by Philip Pullman

Reasons: Religious Viewpoint

5. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” by Mark Twain

Reasons: Racism

6. “The Color Purple,” by Alice Walker

Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language,

7. “TTYL,” by Lauren Myracle

Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

8. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou

Reasons: Sexually Explicit

9. “It’s Perfectly Normal,” by Robie Harris

Reasons: Sex Education, Sexually Explicit

10. “The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky

Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

Google Books in the Library Catalog

The Library Catalog will now provide a preview window for titles that can be found in Google Books, include titles in the public domain that display a full view of the text.

Here’s an example:


Google Books allows you to search the complete texts of books provided by publishers and libraries. Depending on a few factors, Google displays everything from a few short excerpts to the entire book.

When viewing a title in Google Books, use the “Find this book in a library” link to connect back to the Library Catalog and locate the book in the University of Texas Libraries.

More information about Google Books can be found at:


Interested in learning more about Google Books and Google Scholar? Check out our Google Supersearcher classes! These classes are free, drop-in workshops that provide an introduction to these new research tools.

Monday, September 29
Class: Be a Google Super Searcher I
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Location: PCL 1.124
Instructor: AJ Johnson
Want to get the most out of the Web? Learn Google search tricks, how to become an advanced web searcher, and how to evaluate web sites. Find out how to use specialized searches such as Google Scholar and Google Books with library resources.

Tuesday, October 7
Class: Be a Google Super Searcher II
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Location: PCL 1.124
Instructor: AJ Johnson
This class provides a more in-depth exploration of new Web searching technologies. Learn more about Google Scholar, Google Language Tools, and Google Maps. Find out how to personalize Google and set up search alerts.