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COMM 6910/8980: Politics of Injury: Trauma Communication (and Law) (Tim Barouch: Summer 2020): Finding Books

Search Strategies: Using Subject Terms

Books in libraries are assigned one or more subject headings. These are standardized terms (fancy name: Library of Congress Subject Headings) that ensure books on the same topic can be found even if the keywords are different, as with Istanbul and Constantinople. (that's nobody's business but the Turks'!)

Use GILFind (or click "Library Catalog" on the library's homepage) to search in

  • The Georgia State University Library catalog (includes all of the Perimeter campus libraries)
  • The Georgia State University Law Library
  • All University System of of Georgia libraries (select "University System of Georgia" instead of "Georgia State University")

Use the Browse Search link in GILFind to search by subject terms. (You can also selected "Subject" as an option in Advanced Search). 


Using Browse Search for a general term like "Psychic trauma" will bring up a list of subject terms with subcategories (locations, populations, more specific subject categories, etc.) that you can scroll through.

Other general search terms that might be relevant for this course:

When you find a useful book, look at the subject headings assigned to it -- you'll find these in the book's catalog record.

Follow these to list other items on that topic. Or, use the subject heading terms in a new search.

Almost every college or university library in the US will use the Library of Congress Subject Headings. WorldCat also uses them.


How to Find ebooks in GILFind

You can search for eBooks from all GSU library ebook databases in the GSU Library's GilFind catalog just as you would search for traditional print books. After you search, tweak your results to show only "full access online" and the "books" format to see only eBooks.

(Are you teaching? See a full description for embedding ebooks for course content).

Finding Electronic Books in the Era of COVID-19

The GSU Library is open.

Book checkout is available in the library. Self-service checkout machines are now available in the library.

You can also arrange for curbside pickup of books and other materials (DVDs, etc.) from GSU Libraries.
Click here for information about arranging for a pickup.

GIL Express and Interlibrary Loan of print books are available.

Here are some strategies that you can use to find and access ebooks.

Please feel free to ask me if you have any questions about finding electronic versions of texts!

Help! I've found an ebook in the library's catalog and I'm not sure how to download it!

Different providers (i.e. ProQuest, EBSCO, etc.) have different requirements. Check out our Ebooks research guide for information about how to read/download ebooks.

What if I just need a chapter or essay from a particular book?

If the book is available as an ebook, you may have the option of printing just that chapter or section.

If the book is only available to you as a print book, you can use our Desktop Delivery service to have the chapter/section scanned and emailed to you through our Interlibrary Loan service. Click here for more information about how to get started.

Summer 2020: Access Information for Faculty and Graduate Students

To meet the needs of faculty and graduate students who are working remotely, we now offer a curbside/walkup service at Atlanta and Dunwoody. Pickups are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am – 4pm.

The Atlanta pickup area is on the Library North side of Collins St., near the Atlanta C Lot.

Patrons use the Library Catalog to place requests and then schedule a pickup appointment. A print title that is also available electronically is not eligible for this service.

This service only includes books held at any of the GSU libraries (that is, downtown and Perimeter campuses). We are still unable to get books from other universities.

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