Use the following tutorials to learn how to locate information in the library's Online Catalog - GIL.
Use GIL, GSU's library catalog, or the newer version, GIL-Find, to find books in our library. The catalog also lists other materials 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. If you have more specific information, you can also search by title, subject or author.
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.
Both versions of GIL and most databases (**not JSTOR!**) allow you to search by subject. Look for a dropdown or a button to click that says "Subject" or "Subject Heading."
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: (try searching with these!)
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. To see information about participating USG schools, click here. Request books through GIL Express, or use your Panther Card to check out books at USG schools.
Emory - you can also borrow materials at Emory with your Panther 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):
Worldcat - North American libraries and beyond.
Center for Research Libraries - a cooperative effort among member libraries to collect unusual and unique materials.