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It’s Crunch Time! PCL can help!

Crunch Time @ PCL!

Don’t let end-of-semester projects get you down! Come by PCL Tuesday, November Nov 18 through Friday, November 21 for practical tips and advice with your last-minute research projects, a chance to win cool prizes, and free candy.

PCL is located at the corner of 21st and Speedway.

Can’t make it in next week but still need some help? Use our Ask a Librarian service to chat with a librarian online until midnight Sunday through Thursday. Check out all the hours and start chatting at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/ask.

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.

NoodleBib citation software now includes Chicago/Turabian style

NoodleBib, the popular online citation software, can now help you create your citations and notes using Chicago Manual of Style (Turabian) in addition to MLA and APA. NoodleBib is a great tool for documenting the sources you use in your research papers.

The online software walks you through the process of properly formatting a citation for a Bibliography, Works Cited, or References list using the rules associated with the chosen citation format. NoodleBib also provides information about how to include a parenthetical reference or note for a source within the text of your paper.

To get started with NoodleBib, visit:


and click “NoodleBib for MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian.”

If you’re off-campus, you’ll be prompted for your EID and password to gain access to the Libraries paid subscription to the product.

Once in NoodleBib, create your account and then click “Create a new list” to begin adding citations.

If you have any questions, visit Ask a Librarian.

Looking for a good book?

Need something to read while sunning yourself at Barton Springs? Here are two new ways the Libraries can provide some useful reading recommendations.

1) When you search for a title in the Library Catalog, you’ll now see recommendations in the full record for related reading generated by users of LibraryThing (http://www.librarything.com). Each title also displays the tags that LibraryThing users have assigned to the books they’ve read. Click on an interesting tag to find other related books.

Click here for an example.

2) Check out the titles that faculty members are recommending through the Freshman Reading Roundup. While only incoming freshman can sign up for a book discussion with the faculty member, the faculty recommendations can be a useful starting point for finding a new and interesting book to read.