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Freshman English: Basics

A guide for students in English 1101, 1102, and 1103


Finding Books

Choose the Library Catalog from the Shortcuts  list at to find books in our library. The catalog also lists other materials in the library - including journals, movies, music and more.

A search in the library catalog is a good place to start if you are looking for books on a topic.  You can also search by title, author/creator or subject using the Advanced Search options.

** If GSU does not have the item you are looking for, you can search the other University System of Georgia libraries and request that the item be sent to your home campus. **


The GSU Library has a search box called Discover on the homepage. Should you use it or search one of the library's databases (A-Z databases)? If you try it, here are some tips:

  • Be specific with key words. Example: search "local food movement". Put phrases in quotation marks.
  • Use the Advanced search to limit with additional keywords such as United States.
  • Use the limits on the left such as scholarly (peer reviewed) articles, full text, or library catalog.

You may want to consider searching a database in the A to Z list such as Academic Search Complete , JSTOR, or Research Library.

Librarian for English

Leslie Madden's picture
Leslie Madden
Library South
Suite 542