Call numbers for most history books begin with D-F, and are located on Library North 5.
But history books can be anywhere, depending on the subject of the history. For example:
Wonder what those letters/numbers stand for? Check out the Library of Congress Classification Online.
A book review (usually 1-2 pages, longer if it is a review essay) is a great way to figure out whether a book is relevant to your topic. A book review is generally not cited as a secondary source. Check with your professor about citing a longer review essay.
Book reviews can also be primary sources. For example, if you were writing a paper on pre-Civil War responses to Uncle Tom's Cabin (originally published in 1852), a review published in 1853, or 1856, or 1859, would be a primary source.
Book reviews can be found in article databases.
H-Net Reviews is also an excellent source for scholarly reviews of history books.
NOTE: Scholarly book reviews usually are published at least a year, if not longer, after a book's publication.
Use GILFind / "Catalog" tab 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. Use the "Place Request" link in the book's record to request a book from a GSU campus other than your own. GILFind also lists other materials in the library - including microfilm, dissertations, movies, music and special collections.
New! 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.
To request a book from a GSU library:
To request a book from any other USG campus via GIL Express: (click here for list of USG campuses)
You can also go to any GSU or USG Library and check out books in person using your Panthercard.
A keyword search is a good place to start if you are looking for information on a topic. If you have more specific information, you can also search by title, subject or author.
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 The US Civil War and The War Between the States.
You can search in GILFind (which now 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) or WorldCat—using subject terms.
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.
Using the "in subject" search option in Advanced Search can turn up more resources!
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:
Universal Catalog - includes all Georgia public colleges and universities. The Universal Catalog is now included in GIL -- just select "University System of Georgia" in the dropdown next to the search box!) To see information about participating USG schools, click here. Request books through GIL Express (see above), or use your Panther Card to check out books at USG schools.
Emory - you can also borrow materials at Emory with your Panther Card
Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library Catalog - GSU students & faculty may obtain library cards from the Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library, then borrow materials.
Use Interlibrary Loan to request books you find in the following catalogs
(or any other library catalog):