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*History: General: Books

Call Numbers

Call numbers for most history books begin with D-F, and are located on Library North 5.

  • D: General and world history (excluding the Americas)
  • E: US history
  • F: US local and regional history, Canada and Latin America

But history books can be anywhere, depending on the subject of the history. For example:

  • HC: Economic history
  • HQ: Women's, children's, and LGBTQIQA history
  • HX: History of socialism, communism
  • PN: Literary history
  • Q and subcategories QA, QB, etc.: History of science (letter combination depends on the kind of science in question)

Wonder what those letters/numbers stand for? Check out the Library of Congress Classification Online.

See also:

How to read a call number
Floor Maps
Detailed list of call numbers

Books Available Online

About Book Reviews

 

A book review (usually 1-2 pages, longer if it is a review essay) is a great way to figure out whether a book is relevant to your topic. A book review is generally not cited as a secondary source. Check with your professor about citing a longer review essay.

Book reviews can also be primary sources. For example, if you were writing a paper on pre-Civil War responses to Uncle Tom's Cabin (originally published in 1852), a review published in 1853, or 1856, or 1859, would be a primary source. 

Book reviews can be found in article databases.

America: History and Life, Historical Abstracts, and Academic Search Complete:

  • Use Advanced Search
  • Select "Book Review" from the "Document Type" dropdown menu

JSTOR

  • Use Advanced Search
  • Check the box for "Review" under "Item Type"

H-Net Reviews is also an excellent source for scholarly reviews of history books.

NOTE: Scholarly book reviews usually are published at least a year, if not longer, after a book's publication. 

Start By Searching Our Library Catalog

Use GILFind / "Catalog" tab on the GSU Library's homepage to find books in the GSU Library and at University System of Georgia libraries. 

GILFind includes books and materials from ALL of the GSU campuses: Atlanta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton, and Alpharetta. Use the "Place Request" link in the book's record to request a book from a GSU campus other than your own. GILFind also lists other materials in the library - including microfilm, dissertations, movies, music and special collections.

New! GILFind now also lets you search all of the University System of Georgia library holdings at once. Just select "University System of Georgia" instead of "Georgia State University" in Simple Search, or in the "Search Scope" dropdown in Advanced Search. 

To request a book from a GSU library:

  1. Click "Sign in" in the upper right-hand corner and sign in with your Campus ID and Password.
  2. Search for the book in the catalog.
  3. In the book's record, under "Get It," click on the name of the library with an "1 Available" copy.
  4. Click "Request" and select whichever GSU campus you want the book sent to in "Pickup Location."
  5. Click the orange "Request" button to submit.
  6. You will be notified by email when this book is available for pickup at the circulation desk on LN 1.

To request a book from any other USG campus via GIL Express: (click here for list of USG campuses)

  1. Click "Sign in" in the upper right-hand corner and sign in with your Campus ID and Password.
  2. Select "University System of Georgia" in the dropdown search box and search for the book.
  3. Click "More USG Libraries/GIL Express Request."
  4. Click the name of a USG library that shows as "Available" with a green dot. 
  5. Click "Request." The default "Pickup Institution" here should be "Georgia State University." If it is NOT, select "Georgia State University" from the list of schools. (Yes, it's silly that that list is not in alphabetical order. That is beyond my control, sadly). 
  6. Select whichever GSU campus you want the book sent to in "Pickup Library."
  7. Click the orange "Request" button to submit.
  8. You will be notified by email when this book is available for pickup at the circulation desk on LN 1.

You can also go to any GSU or USG Library and check out books in person using your Panthercard. 

A keyword search is a good place to start if you are looking for information on a topic. If you have more specific information, you can also search by title, subject or author.

Need more options? Try "Advanced Search" and "Browse Search" for more ways to search. 

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"Help! I'm looking at an ebook and can't figure out how to download it!"

We have a research guide to help with that! See http://research.library.gsu.edu/ebooks for information and instructions about how to access and download ebooks. Note that the answer will depend on the source of the ebook, so look for a vendor name like Ebook Central, eBooks on EBSCOHost, or Books 24x7 (for example) in the library catalog's information about the ebook. 

Use the Power of Subject Searching

Books in libraries are assigned one or more subject headings. These are standardized terms that ensure books on the same topic can be found even if the keywords are different, as with The US Civil War and The War Between the States.

You can search in GILFind (which now lets you search all of the University System of Georgia library holdings at once -- just select "University System of Georgia" instead of "Georgia State University" in Simple Search, or in the "Search Scope" dropdown in Advanced Search) or WorldCatusing subject terms. 

  • In GILFind, use Advanced Search and select "in subject" in the dropdown box furthest to the left.
  • In WorldCat, use Advanced Search and select "Identifier: Subject" in any of the dropdown boxes. 

When you find a good book, look at its subject headings in the catalog record. Follow these to list other items on that topic. Or, use the subject heading terms in a new keyword search.

Examples of Subject Headings

Using the "in subject" search option in Advanced Search can turn up more resources!

  • United States History 1783-1865
  • Germany Social Conditions
  • African Americans Civil Rights
  • Churchill, Winston, Sir, 1874-1965 Correspondence
  • Great Britain Politics and Government 1625-1649
  • Cuba Foreign Relations 1959-1990

Search Other Library Catalogs

Start with our catalog at GILFind.

If GSU's library doesn't have what you need, you have, don't give up.  There are several options to get the book you want:

Universal Catalog - includes all Georgia public colleges and universities. The Universal Catalog is now included in GIL -- just select "University System of Georgia" in the dropdown next to the search box!) To see information about participating USG schools, click here. Request books through GIL Express (see above), or use your Panther Card to check out books at USG schools.

Emory - you can also borrow materials at Emory with your Panther Card

ARCHE - with a special ARCHE borrower's card, you can check out books from several local private colleges. Click here for information about ARCHE schools and getting a borrower's card

Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library Catalog - GSU students & faculty may obtain library cards from the Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library, then borrow materials.


Use Interlibrary Loan to request books you find in the following catalogs
(or any other library catalog):