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SCOM 2050 Media, Culture, and Society: Finding Books

Library Basics

Contact Jason if you need help at any point during your research. My contact info is in the box at right.  Don't waste time floundering; I can meet with you or advise by e-mail/IM!

Ask for help at the Library North service desk, by phone (404-413-2800) or via the Live Assistance box on the library home page.

To find materials located at GSU Library, search GIL, the online library catalog.

The contents of books and articles are not searchable in GIL. Search a library database to find articles.  (More info on using databases)

To obtain a book or article GSU doesn't have, request it via GIL Express (if it's available within the University System of Georgia) or Interlibrary Loan (ILL) if it's not.

Online Encyclopedias

Searching the Catalog

Click to search GIL-Find

Search the library catalog to find:

  • Books
  • Audio/video like DVDs and CDs
  • Microfilm/microfiche (usually, but not always, older periodicals like historical newspapers)
  • A particular journal/magazine/newspaper

but not articles. To search for articles, use a database (see the Finding Articles tab above).

The library has two catalogs. See which you prefer -- they both contain the same items.

GIL-Find (the new one): I think GIL-Find is easier to search for topics, narrow down results, etc. You can text call numbers to yourself, handy!

GIL "classic" (the old one): Sometimes easier to locate an item if you already know the exact title.

Getting books from other libraries

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:

Search for an item in libraries near you: >>

Still stuck?  Get more information, or ask a librarian for help.

Subject Librarian

Jason Puckett
542 Library South (by appointment)


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