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Search the GSU Library GIL-Find Catalog
Note: Using this feature will take you away from this subject guide.
- Use quotes to search for phrases:
- Adding an asterisk * to the stem of a word will search for various word endings.
- myst* will return mystic, mystics, mystical, and mysticism
- Use AND and OR to narrow or broaden your search. Note: AND and OR must be ALL caps:
- faith AND belief - to retrieve results that includes all of your search terms (retrieves fewer results)
- faith OR belief - to retrieve results that contain any of your search terms (retrieves more results)
Not Finding an Ebook Version?
If you're not finding an ebook using one of the above sources, you still have some options:
- Contact your Subject Librarian to see if it's possible to order an ebook. (Find your Subject Librarian by locating your school/department here).
- Check the book's publisher's website to see if they are making their books available online as an emergency measure. (For example, Johns Hopkins University Press temporarily made its ebooks freely available through the Project Muse database, which GSU affiliates can access).
- If you know that you only need a section of a book, you can place an Interlibrary Loan request for that section. You will need full citation information for the book and the page range that you are requesting. (Don't know the page information? Check Google Books to see if you can see the book's table of contents. Amazon might also provide this information).
GIL: Searches only items in the GSU Library
GIL Universal Catalog: Searches the contents of 35 academic libraries in Georgia
WorldCat: Searches 10,000 libraries worldwide.
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 as of August 24. Book checkout is available in the library.
Self-service checkout in the library will be coming soon!
You also have to the option to arrange for curbside pickup of books and other materials (DVDs, CDs, etc.) from GSU Libraries.
Click here for information about arranging for a pickup.
GIL Express and Interlibrary Loan of print books are available as of August 24.
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.
Most books published after 1924 will not be fully available in Google Books due to copyright protections. However, Google Books will often include a book's table of contents, and snippets or sections of text; sometimes an entire chapter will be included (and it might be the section you need!)
HathiTrust makes accessible a vast collection of works from an international community of research libraries. The collection includes more than 16 million volumes, nearly 6 million of which are in the public domain. GSU users get access to the largest number of volumes and features by logging in with their institutional credentials, including the ability to download PDFs of public domain works, and works made available under Creative Commons licenses. NOTE: Click yellow LOG IN button, choose Georgia State University and log in with CampusID and password.
***If a print book that we hold is available to you through the HathiTrust Emergency Access program, you will see an "Online access" link indicating this availability in the book's GILFind record.***
***IMPORTANT!!! As of AUGUST 24, 2020, we will no longer be eligible for the HathiTrust Emergency Access program.***
Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library
If you have a current library card from the Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library, you are able to check out ebooks held in their collection. GSU affiliates are able to get an AFPLS card regardless of what county they live in. Check the AFPLS site
for information about getting an online library card during the current crisis.
(If you have a library card for another public library system, check with that system to see what your borrowing options are).
Digital copies of books whose copyrights have expired.
Center for Research Libraries Digital Collections
Wide-ranging collection of digitized resources. Search the CRL's catalog, or browse the collection.
Digital library, includes texts as well as moving images, live music, audio.
In a Pinch... Book Reviews
In a pinch, you can also search in our databases for book reviews to get a general sense of the book's argument, even if you can't access the book itself.
- Our Book Reviews research guide gives information about general book reviews
- See below for instructions on finding book reviews in specific databases relevant to Religious Studies
Finding Book Reviews
Most of the library's article databases allow you to search for book reviews. Here are instructions on how to find book reviews in the most used databases appropriate for research in religious studies:
- ATLA Religion Database
- Use the Advanced Search option. Then type the title of the book or issue for which you need reviews into the search box. Then choose "Review" from "Document Type" pull down menu near the bottom of the page and click Search.
- Religion and Philosophy Collection
- Use the Advanced Search option. Then type the title of the book or issue for which you need reviews into the search box. Then choose "Book Review" from the "Document Type" pull down menu near the bottom of the page and click Search.
- Academic Search Complete
- Academic Search Complete is a large, multidisciplinary database that abstracts and indexes over 9,000 journals. One of the publications available in this database is Reviews in Religion and Theology.
- Use the Advanced Search option. Then type the title of the book or issue for which you need reviews into the search box. Then choose "Book Review" from the list of "Document Types" near the bottom of the page and click Search.
- JSTOR is an interdiscplinary digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources.
- Use the Advanced Search option. Then, type the title of the book or issue for which you need reviews into the search box and click on "Reviews" from the "Narrow By" list of options.
In databases that do not have a "Book Review" limiting option, you can simply type the words "book review" (in quotes) into one of the Advanced Search option search boxes and then either the title of a specific book or a topic.