The GSU Library buildings have reopened for the Spring 2021 semester as of January 4, 2021.
**You MUST have your PantherCard to enter the Library buildings.**
The Library North entrance/exit is currently closed due to construction. Please use the Library South entrance/exit.
Visitors not currently affiliated with GSU may only enter the library if they have been given specific permission and can prove that they need to use GSU library resources. Further information, including the GSU Library Access Request Form, is available here.
GIL Express and Interlibrary Loan for books are both available.
Access to books, A/V resources, and GIL Express/ILL materials is available through Express Pickup.
Click here for information on Express Pickup. This service is available to all GSU faculty/staff/students.
Special Collections & Archives is open to researchers by appointment only;
please contact them at email@example.com for assistance.
Saxby's Coffee is closed. There is no eating in the library.
All of our electronic resources remain open!
And you can still get help!
Use Boolean searching (AND, OR, NOT) to expand or narrow your searches. (What's Boolean searching again? Learn more here.)
When you find a relevant item, click on the record and look for subject terms. Clicking on a subject term will bring up other related items.
Try your keywords and subject terms in other databases, and see what you find!
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Looking for books?
This guide focuses on finding articles. For more information on searching for books (especially complicated during the coronavirus emergency!) please consult the Books tab on the general Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies guide. I can also help you with book searching!
For useful lists of Women's Studies journals, use these links:
These databases focus on specific social-science disciplines. To search more broadly, try the databases in the "General Articles Databases" box.
You can also use the dropdown "Find by Subject" box in the Articles / Databases tab to identify relevant databases by subject.
Subject-specific research guides can also help you find more databases for your topic.
Many databases give you only a citation telling you where to find the article, not the article itself.
This button is often a shortcut to the full article text in another database:
Click the Find It @GSU button to open a window with links to the article you need.
If the GSU Library does not have access to an electronic copy of the article, we may have a copy in print.
If that fails, try searching for the journal title in GIL-Find, or use the "Journals" tab.
If the GSU Library does not have a print or electronic version of the article, use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to request it from another library.
If you find a journal article or book chapter that is available at the GSU Library in print only, you have two options:
To fill out an Interlibrary Loan request, start here.
This offer applies only to journal articles and book chapters and not to whole books.
For more information about Desktop Delivery, click here.
The Library of Congress Classification Outline gives an overview of what the different letters and letter combinations used in call numbers mean!
Most academic libraries (i.e. colleges and universities) use the Library of Congress Classification Outline, so once you've begun to recognize which letter/number combinations seem relevant to you, you can use that combination at any other college/university library.
I mentioned this book in class -- it's a study of how the Library of Congress has classified homosexuality and related terms. Very interesting study on how subject terms evolve: