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RELS 4770: Religion and Health (Clare R. van Holm: Fall 2020): Finding Books / Searching in the Library Catalog

Express Pickup

The GSU Libraries are open as of August 24. 

  • You are able to check out print books and other materials (DVDs etc.) in person during library hours (for library hours, see our homepage: http://lib.gsu.edu.
  • You can also arrange for curbside pickup of books and audiovisual materials. For more information about our Express Pickup service, click here: http://lib.gsu.edu/express-pickup

Desktop Delivery Service

If you come across an article or an essay/book chapter that the library only has in print, you can use our Desktop Delivery service to request an electronic version of the article or book chapter.

This service is currently available to all GSU faculty, students, and staff.* For information about how to place a Desktop Delivery request, click here

*Faculty, graduate students, and university administrators can also request electronic copies of materials that we have on microfilm. 

Search Other Library Catalogs

Start with our catalog at GILFind.

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:

University System of Georgia Libraries - You can check out books from any other University System of Georgia library with your Panthercard. You can also place a GIL Express request to have a book from another USG school (or from another GSU campus) be sent to a GSU campus. As of August 24, you can place GIL Express requests for print books from other USG Libraries. (You cannot borrow ebooks from other USG Libraries, or from any other university libraries).

Emory - you can also borrow materials at Emory with your Panther Card. For current information about Emory University Libraries' print borrowing availability, consult their library directly. 

ARCHE - you can also borrow books from several local private colleges. Click here for a list of ARCHE schools. You may want to contact the library in advance to get further information about borrowing privileges (what kind of ID is needed, how long you can check out a book for, and so on). For current information about an ARCHE school's print borrowing availability, contact that school's library directly. 

Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library Catalog - GSU students & faculty may obtain library cards from the Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library, then borrow materials. For current information about print checkouts from Fulton County Library branches, consult the AFPLS site directly. 


Use Interlibrary Loan to request books you find in the following catalogs
(or any other library catalog):

As of August 24, GSU faculty/students/staff are able to place ILL requests for print books.

Start By Searching Our Library Catalog

Use GILFind or the "Library Catalog" link on the GSU Library's homepage to find books in the GSU Library and at University System of Georgia libraries. 

GILFind includes books and materials from ALL of the GSU campuses: Atlanta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton, and Alpharetta. In order to place a request for an item at any of these locations, sign in with your Campus ID and password, and then click on "Request" in the catalog record to begin the process. (You can request curbside pickup for books from all of these locations). 

GILFind also lists other materials in the library - including microfilm, dissertations, movies, music and special collections.

GILFind now also lets you search all of the University System of Georgia library holdings at once. Just select "University System of Georgia" instead of "Georgia State University" in Simple Search, or in the "Search Scope" dropdown in Advanced Search. 

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"Help! I'm looking at an ebook and can't figure out how to download it!"

We have a research guide to help with that! See http://research.library.gsu.edu/ebooks for information and instructions about how to access and download ebooks. Note that the answer will depend on the source of the ebook, so look for a vendor name like Ebook Central, eBooks on EBSCOHost, or Books 24x7 (for example) in the library catalog's information about the ebook. 

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).

Use the Power of Subject Searching

Books in libraries are assigned one or more subject headings. These are standardized terms that ensure books on the same topic can be found even if the keywords are different, as with Istanbul and Constantinople.

You can search in GILFind or WorldCatusing subject terms. 

  • In GILFind, use Advanced Search and select "in subject" in the dropdown box furthest to the left.
  • In WorldCat, use Advanced Search and select "Identifier: Subject" in any of the dropdown boxes. 

When you find a good book, look at its subject headings in the catalog record. Follow these to list other items on that topic. Or, use the subject heading terms in a new keyword search. 

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For example, the record for this book (Traditional Chinese Medicine: Heritage and Adaptation; click link or image for detailed information) shows two terms (both of which are links) as subject terms:

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(The subject term for Constantinople is, in fact, Istanbul. So if you've a book on "Constantinople", it'll be listed under "Istanbul" :D)