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Transportation & Urban Infrastructure Studies: Finding Books

Transportation Books in Richardson Library

Richardson Library has over 500,000 print books on site and over 1 million digital-books online. 

This guide will help you:

Transportation Engineering books begin with call number TE, TF, TG.  Take a look at the complete classification below. 

e-Book Collections

You can search for e-books in the databases below, or for all e-books through the Library Discovery Service.

eBook Collection (USMAI via EBSCO)

Ebrary (ProQuest)

Springer eBook Collection 

HathiTrust Digital Library


How to read a call number

Finding a book using the call numbers is pretty straightforward.  The call number is made up of letters and numbers and books are shelved alphabetically by the first letter or letters in the call number:

  • Example:

               Q 141. C23

              QA 234 .G67

              QD 34 . F45

After the first letters is a number which is read as a simple whole number:

  • Example:

               Q 24. C23

              Q 54 .G67

              Q 134 . F45

The second part of the call number is another letter shelved alphabetically, but the number after is read as a a decimal:

  • Example:

               Q 141. C235

              Q 141 .C3

              Q 141 . C499999

              Q 141 . C5

Q 141 . C499999 comes before Q 141 . C5 because both '499999' and '5' are treated as decimals.

How to Search for Books

How to Locate Print Books in the Library

Look at the LOCATION field in the catalogue record.  In the example below, the location fields indicate that there are two copies:  one in the Davis Room and another in the Stacks.  Books in the Davis room can not be checked out, because it is the university's archive.  The Book in the stacks collection can be checked out so you would go to the third floor and find the call number to locate the book.  

Collections and Borrowing Periods

Call Number Classification for Transportation Engineering

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