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Mining References - Humanities: How Do I Find It? Following the Footnote

Now That You Know What It Is, How Do You Find It?

Books, Microfilm/Microfiche, Government Documents, Special Collections/Archives

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:

Universal Catalog - includes all Georgia public colleges and universities. The Universal Catalog is now included in GIL -- just select "University System of Georgia" in the dropdown next to the search box!) To see information about participating USG schools, click here. Request books through GIL Express (see above), or use your Panther Card to check out books at USG schools.

Emory - you can also borrow materials at Emory with your Panther Card

ARCHE - with a special ARCHE borrower's card, you can check out books from several local private colleges. Click here for information about ARCHE schools and getting a borrower's card

Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library Catalog - GSU students & faculty may obtain library cards from the Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library, then borrow materials.

Use Interlibrary Loan to request books you find in the following catalogs
(or any other library catalog):

Journals, Magazines, Newspapers

These links are for finding journals, magazines, and newspapers
by the title of the periodical.

To find individual articles, see the Journal Articles box, above.

Are You Looking for a Book? Finding Electronic Books in the Era of COVID-19

Currently, we are unable to provide access to our collection of print books.

We are also unable to request print books from USG library (via GIL Express)

or from other libraries (via Interlibrary Loan)

Here are some strategies that you can use to access ebooks.

Please feel free to ask your subject librarian if you have any questions about finding electronic versions of texts!

Who is your subject librarian?
Click here and select your school/college and department to find your subject librarian and get their contact information!)

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.

***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.***

Scholarly Journal Articles

Subject article databases generally have "Advanced Search" options that will let you search for an article by author and/or title if known.

This is only a small sample of subkect databases available to you.

To identify databases for a particular subject or discipline, use the "Databases by Subject" dropdown on the library's homepage.

Interdisciplinary Article Databases available @ GSU

These are broad databases covering many different disciplines.
Use "Advanced Search" to search by author and/or title.

You can also check related research guides to find additional databases for your topic. To see all of our databases, use our A-Z list.

Historical Magazines/Journals

(Newspaper collections are listed separately under on the GSU Library Historical Newspapers Research Guide.)

Books Available Online

These online collections include digital versions of many out-of-copyright works including government documents, historical magazines and other periodicals, and books published before 1923. Coverage can be spotty, but these sites are worth searching...  just in case.

Local Newspapers