to search names as a phrase | ex: "walter cronkite"
as a wild card | ex: wom*n
AND between words to NARROW results | ex: film AND television
OR between words to EXPAND results | ex: African American OR Black
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.
Use GILFind (click "Catalog" on the library's homepage or just start here) to search in
Use the Browse Search link in GILFind to search by subject terms. (You can also search by subject in Advanced Search).
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.
Almost every college or university library in the US will use the Library of Congress Subject Headings. WorldCat also uses them.
Searching broad terms like these using "Browse Search" will bring up results for that term AND for more specific phrases beginning with that term
For example .
but also, following that heading, you'll see links for subcategories like:
and so on!
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).
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.
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.
***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.***
If you're not finding an ebook using one of the above sources, you still have some options: