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Freshman English: Basics

A guide for students in English 1101, 1102, and 1103


The GSU Library has a search box called Discover on the homepage. Should you use it or search one of the library's databases (A-Z databases)? If you try it, here are some tips:

  • Be specific with key words. Example: search "local food movement". Put phrases in quotation marks.
  • Use the Advanced search to limit with additional keywords such as United States.
  • Use the limits on the left such as scholarly (peer reviewed) articles, full text, or library catalog.

You may want to consider searching a database in the A to Z list such as Academic Search Complete , JSTOR, or Proquest Research Library.

Finding Books

Use the "Catalog" tab  at to find books in our library using GIL-Find. The catalog also lists other materials in the library - including microfilm, dissertations, movies, music and special collections.

A Keyword search in GIL-Find 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 using the Advanced Search options.

** If GSU does not have the item you are looking for, try searching the GIL-Find Universal Catalog and requesting the item from another USG library via GIL Express. **

Library Basics

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How to Cite (3:50) 

Owl Purdue

Use this online site to answer questions about MLA (Modern Language Association) and APA (American Psychological Association) styles for citations.