Love the Libraries
We’ve got 41 libraries on campus. You don’t have to wait until you get to campus to start exploring them! Our librarians have created a handy research guide specifically for transfer students to help you learn about the resources available. Be sure to check that out, and also note that if you already satisfied your Communication A general education requirement, you may not receive any formal instruction on library research in the way it’s expected at UW-Madison. In this case, we’d recommend enrolling in the Libraries Sift and Winnow tutorial through Learn@UW. You can move through it at your own pace, and it can be particularly helpful if you’ve already had a research paper assigned to you.
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What books do I need?
Your textbooks for each of the classes you’ve enrolled in will appear in your student center, accessible via the MyUW portal, as soon as your professors load them. This handy tutorial will show you where. You can buy your books as soon you know what they are, but many students prefer to wait until they’re sure which classes they’ll be taking and have gotten their syllabi.
How do I get them?
That all depends on you and your budget. Here are some options:
You can also investigate buying international editions of textbooks, which are often offered from online vendors at much lower prices than domestic editions. Websites that list international editions include Abe Books and Biblio.
Borrowing: Many professors will also put copies of their textbooks (and other course materials) on reserve through the UW-Madison Libraries. If you don’t need your own copy of the book, using course reserves to access the text is also cost-effective.
When should I buy them?
Many transfer students recommend waiting until after you’ve had your first class to buy any books. That way you don’t purchase books for a class you then decide to drop. You also may find during the first class that there are certain books that you don’t need as frequently and can avoid substantial costs by reading them at the library or borrowing someone else’s copy.