1. Can we borrow books from UC Libraries?
You are UC Bearcats, so you can check out books from any UC library. You can only check out print books while you're on the UC campus, at the same time, we have millions of ebooks you can access anytime.
2. Can we download textbooks from UC Libraries' website?
It depends on the textbook. First, you need to search in the library catalog to find out. Go to http://libraries.uc.edu/, change the tab on the left to "books", type the textbook title and see the result. You'll know it is an ebook if you see "[electronic resource]" in the title. Once you click on the title, look for the "Connect to resource online" link as the image shows below.
3. Do most books have an ebook version?
It depends. Some do, some don't. You need to perform a search first in the library catalog. Go to http://libraries.uc.edu/
4. What if I find a book which does not have an ebook version?
That means the book has no ebook version at all or the library did not purchase the ebook. If you really think the book can be used by many students, contact the librarian Hong to let her know. We may consider purchasing the ebook right away.
5. Can UC send textbooks to students' emails?
Sorry, we do not send any ebooks to students. You need your username and password when you access all e-resources, and you need to read online or download the book for reading.
6. What if UC does not have the book I need?
That happens, but no worries. UC is a member of two consortiums (OhioLINK and SearchOhio) and one depository, SWORD. All you need to do is to browse the catalog and fill out the request. You can request books to be sent to any UC library and the waiting period is 3-5 business days. To see more details, click here.
7. Can we find textbooks for the 5th year in UC Libraries?
Usually, you will not know what textbooks to use until you register classes in Catalyst. So don't worry about it until you arrive at UC. Check the book in the catalog first because you may find out we have copies available in regular stacks as well as reserve stacks (usually 2-hour loans).
8. How long and how many books can we check out?
All undergraduates can check out UC regular books for 3 weeks. If it's a reserved textbook, the loan period is 1 or 2 hours. To see more details, click on this link.
9. Sometimes it is hard to understand the whole English textbook, where can I find the Chinese translation?
The best place to find Chinese companion books is to use the Chongqing University Library. UC may have some Chinese books, but very limited.
10. Can librarians give us a list of books about living in the U.S. and surviving our program?
I found the following ebook that might be interesting to you. They are available via UC Libraries.
J. Spence, Strategies for Success: The Keys to Success in College, Career and Life. New York: Diversion Books, 2014
11. Can we find banned Chinese books in the library?
There are some Chinese books in UC Libraries that cannot be found in China. It is recommended that you perform a title or keyword search to find out.
12. Is the CEAS Library 24/7?
No. During the fall and spring semesters, the regular hours are M-F, 8am-10pm, Sat 1pm-5pm, and Sun 1pm-10pm. To see more details, click on this link.
There is a 24/7 information commons right outside the library where you can use the computer and printers.
The Langsam library has a 24/7 information commons too and you can find additional space.
13. Is there any charge to use UC Libraries?
No, free to UC students.
14. What is the URL of the CEAS Library website?
15. Is there any quiet study space in UC Libraries?
Yes! We have a classic reading room in the library. To see more information, click here.
The second floor of the CEAS is also a quiet space for independent study. Besides, you can find quiet space in every UC library.
16. Really, what are libraries like in UC?
Each UC library is quite different. Langsam Library, the main library on campus, is the biggest one, where students can find plenty of seating areas and interactive learning spaces. The CEAS Library holds collections mainly on engineering and related science subjects. Some other libraries worthy of checking out are the Music Library and Health Science Library on the east campus.
17. What can I learn in a library?
In addition to the CEAS Library, many libraries on campus offer a verity of workshops. Keep an eye on your emails or connect with us on social media. You may also want to learn by yourself by using online tutorials. Click here.
18. Is it difficult to use the library?
It can be overwhelming for new students at first. Libraries in the United States use the Library of Congress Classification System for shelving most collections. The library is free and open to all UC students and you do not need to carry your ID to enter. The library is also more than a place for studying and learning. It's also for group projects and collaboration. You should also take advantage of tons of online resources which you can access 24/7, on and off the campus.
19. Do you have more photos of the CEAS library?
UC Libraries newsletter the Source
20. How do I access electronic resources in China?
With or without using UC's VPN, on or off the campus, you still need to log in to access all electronic resources. This is a new change since the library changed the proxy service, aka, the access and authentication system. To learn more, please visit the Off Campus Access page.
21. UC's VPN is slow in my dorm, is there any way to speed up?
If you experience a slow speed after installation, that is because the internet speed in your dorm is slow. You may want to try other VPNs.
22. The speed of browsing international websites is very slow, can you help me?
Sorry, your internet speed is out of our control. You may want to contact the internet provider.
23. Does the library have a mobile application that I can use on my mobile devices?
Of course! If you're on your mobile device now, go to https://m.uc.edu/news/mobile-apps.html and download the application. The library icon is on the second page.
24. Can I still use the library after graduation?
As long as you are a member of the UC Alumni Association (UCAA), you can use the library with a valid UCAA card and an ID.
25. Can we download some articles?
Sure you can! As long as you're a UC student, you can browse articles in any database on and off the campus, 24/7. 6+2 is required when you access outside the campus. Some databases allow you to download articles in a pdf or an html file. However, if you need an article that is not available online, you can request it via the interlibrary loan service (ILLiad).
26. Where can I learn to write college-level research articles and subjects based on technical reports?
UC Libraries provide sufficient online tutorials on teaching students how to do college-level research. As for technical writing, the Academic Writing Center (Langsam 401N) has a great online tutorial you should read. Click here.
Another possibility is to see whether the library has books/ebooks about technical reports. For example, the library has the following books which you can read online.
A. Wallwork, User Guides, Manuals, and Technical Writing: A Guide to Professional English. New York: Springer, 2014
R. Greenlaw, Technical Writing, Presentational Skills, and Online Communication: Professional Tools and Insights. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2012.
K.V.Lann and J. T. Hackos, The Insider's Guide to Technical Writing. Laguna Hill, CA: XML Press, 2012.
27. How can I contact UC professors of my major?
All UC faculty use email as the main communication tool. You can find detailed information from this CEAS directory. Likewise, you can find professors' contact information in other departmental websites.
28. Can I download an article from the internet and print it?
Ask yourself first: what do I need this article for? If you intend to write a research paper, and you find some articles on Google, be cautious! You need to verify the author, the publication date, the publication source, and the accuracy of the information. Basically, how do you make sure the article is reliable for academic use? The second step is to use the information by giving the author credit. You need to follow a specific citation format to avoid plagiarism. See this tutorial for details.
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