GILFind: GSU Library (includes all GSU campuses: Atlanta, Clarkson, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton, and Alpharetta)
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***Please note that we are currently unable to receive or circulate print books from our library or other libraries.***
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).
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.
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 for the Spring 2021 semester as of January 4.
Book checkout is available in the library. Self-service checkout machines are now available in the library.
You can also arrange for curbside pickup of books and other materials (DVDs, 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.***
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!):
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.
If you're not finding an ebook using one of the above sources, you still have some options:
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.
The Library of Congress Classification Outline gives an overview of what the different letters and letter combinations used in call numbers mean!
Most academic libraries (i.e. colleges and universities) use the Library of Congress Classification Outline, so once you've begun to recognize which letter/number combinations seem relevant to you, you can use that combination at any other college/university library.
I mentioned this book in class -- it's a study of how the Library of Congress has classified homosexuality and related terms. Very interesting study on how subject terms evolve: