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*Philosophy: Subject Guide: Find Books

A starting point for research on all aspects of philosophy.

Search the GSU Library Catalog to Find Books

Search the GSU Library GIL-Find Catalog
Note: Using this feature will take you away from this subject guide.

Search Tips:
  • Use quotes to search for phrases:
    • "distributive justice"
  • Use * for wild card searches:
    • ethic* will return ethic, ethics, ethical
  • Use the words AND and OR to narrow or broaden your search. Note: AND and OR must be typed in ALL caps:
    • doubt AND scepticism - to retrieve results that include both terms; narrows  your search
    • doubt OR scepticism - to retrieve results that contain either or both terms; broadens your search
  • You can create more complex searches by using the words AND and OR in combination with parentheses:
    • descartes AND (doubt OR scepticism)

Finding Electronic Books in the Era of COVID-19

Currently, we are only able to provide access to our print books via curbside pickup.
Click here for information about arranging for a pickup.

We are also unable to request print books from USG libraries (via GIL Express)
or from other libraries (via Interlibrary Loan)

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.***

How to Find ebooks in GILFind

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).

Not Finding an Ebook Version?

If you're not finding an ebook using one of the above sources, you still have some options:

  • Contact your Subject Librarian to see if it's possible to order an ebook. (Find your Subject Librarian by locating your school/department here).
  • Check the book's publisher's website to see if they are making their books available online as an emergency measure. (For example, Johns Hopkins University Press is temporarily making its books available as ebooks through the Project Muse database, which GSU affiliates can access).
  • If you know that you only need a section of a book, you can place an Interlibrary Loan request for that section. You will need full citation information for the book and the page range that you are requesting. (Don't know the page information? Check Google Books to see if you can see the book's table of contents. Amazon might also provide this information).