If you know that you need a specific book, 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.
Start by searching keywords for your topic.
Look at the records for some of the best results.
Incorporate relevant subject headings from those results into further searches.
Using the "subject" search in the new Browse Search option can turn up more options than you'd think!
To get a broad range of categories/categories, try subject searches using these terms (among others!):
GILFind: GSU Library (includes all GSU campuses: Atlanta, Clarkson, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton, and Alpharetta)
WorldCat: 10,000+ libraries worldwide
***Please note that we are currently unable to receive or circulate print books from our library or other libraries.***
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.***
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).
If you're not finding an ebook using one of the above sources, you still have some options: