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Contemporary Issues in the Study of Religion: Subject Guide: Find Books

Tutorials

Use the following tutorials to learn how to locate information in the library's Online Catalog - GIL.

Catalog Relationships

catalog relationships

GIL: Searches only items in the GSU Library

GIL Universal Catalog: Searches the contents of 35 academic libraries in Georgia

WorldCat: Searches 10,000 libraries worldwide.

Search the GSU Library Catalog

Search the GSU Library GIL-Find Catalog
Note: Using this feature will take you away from this subject guide.

For more complex searches, use the Advanced Search option.
 
Search Tips:
  • Use quotes to search for phrases:
    • "divine law"
  • Use * for wild card searches:
    • myst* will return mystic, mysticsmystical, and mysticism
  • Use AND and OR to narrow or broaden your search. Note: AND and OR must be ALL caps:
    • primal AND primitive - to retrieve results that include both terms
    • primal OR primitive - to retrieve results that contain either term
  • You can create more complex searches by using the words AND and OR in combination
    • Augustine AND "the problem of evil" AND (natural OR moral)

Get Books From Other Libraries

Use the options listed below to find books not in the GSU library:

1.  The GIL Universal Catalog, allows you to search and request books from any University System of Georgia library. To use, choose "University System of Georgia" from the dropdown menu to the left of the "Search" button. After you find the book you need, click the "Log in to enable GIL Express Requests" link to have the book transferred to the GSU Library. Requests take anywhere from 4-7 days to arrive at the GSU library.

2.  You can also check out books in person from any University System of Georgia library or Emory University's libraries using your PantherCard. Call the library before you go for information on their borrowing policies.

3.  If you still are not finding enough information, use the WorldCat database, which allows you to search the collections of libraries throughout the world. Books located in WorldCat can be ordered via the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) ILLiad system. To do so, first locate the book you would like to request in the WorldCat database. Then, log into  ILLiad with your library ID number (on the back of your PantherCard) to place a request. ILL requests may take two weeks or more to arrive at the GSU Library, so plan ahead.

Still stuck? Ask a librarian for help.

Where's My Book?

When you search GIL-Find, GSU Library's Online catalog, get this information to find the book:

  • Call number
  • Location
  • Status (Checked Out, Not Checked Out, Renewed, etc.)

These web pages provide more information