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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)

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).

Finding Electronic Books in the Era of COVID-19

The GSU Library is open.

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.

GIL Express and Interlibrary Loan of print books are available.

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.

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 temporarily made its ebooks freely available 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).

Search Other Library Catalogs

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. (Please note that you cannot borrow ebooks from other USG Libraries, or from any other university libraries).

Emory - you can also borrow materials at Emory with your Panther Card. For current information about Emory University Libraries' print borrowing availability, consult their library directly. 

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 WorldCat (below)
(or any other library catalog):