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Public Management & Policy: Books

Search tips and research resources for topics related to management in the public sector and public policy. Also includes resources for citing sources.


Having trouble searching for books in the GSU Library catalog? Try one of these tutorials:

Books to start with

The following books address public administration topics generally. These may be helpful background or overview sources for your research.

Search for books at GSU Library

Books can provide information on well-established theories or research or provide overviews of topics.

Use GSU Library's online catalog, GIL to find books in our library. (Note: The catalog also lists other materials that are in the library - including microfilm, dissertations, movies, music and special collections.)

A keyword search is a good place to start if you are looking for information on a topic. You can do an exact search if you wish to search by a specific title or author. When searching for a specific title, do not enter articles such as “A” or “The” at the beginning of a title. Doing so will result in zero results.

Use the search box below for a quick search or go to the GIL catalog for complete search options.

Getting books from other libraries

If GSU Library doesn't have the book you want, you have several options:

  • Click on Exact Search and enter book title you're looking for.
  • When viewing catalog details on a book, look for Institution Name and Status fields. Make sure a library (or libraries) has the book and that it is not checked out at all available locations.
  • If you see that another library has the book, click GIL Express Request link at top or bottom of catalog screen to request that it be sent to GSU Library. Read more about GIL Express here.
  • If a book is not available in the GIL Universal Catalog, you can request it from a non-University System of Georgia library for free using Illiad. Logon with your Library ID number (on back of your PantherCard) to place request. Read more about Illiad requests here.
Check out books in person from other libraries
  • In addition, you can search WorldCat to see if another library near you has what you need. This resource searches libraries throughout the world, including public libraries.
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Reading call #s

Not sure how to use a Call Number to find the book you need? Below is a one-page guide that will help:

How to Read Call Numbers

Any prefix before the call number is important, too. For example, reference book call numbers have the prefix Ref and are shelved separately in the Reference Collection on the 2nd floor of Library North.