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ENGL 2131 American Literature: Find Books & more

The guide is for ENGL 2131 (American Literature) class.

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Using GIL to find books

GIL-Find is the online library catalog for the five campuses of Georgia Perimeter College. You can search for physical books, non-print items, electronic books, and streaming videos.

GIL-Find Catalog

Tips for searching the catalog for literature assignments.

  • Start specific. In the all fields box, try searching for your specific poem, play, short story, or novel.
  • The amount of information you will find depends on the popularity of your work and author.
  • If you can not find enough information on your specific work, the next step is to search for your author and use the term criticism. For example, Emily Dickinson and criticism.
  • If you find a book of criticism about your author, you will need to look at the table of contents or index to see if your work is included in the book. In some cases, you can see the table of contents from the catalog.



Once you find a book, check the location, status, and call number. Location will tell you which campus owns the book, status will indicate if the book is available, and the call number will tell you where to find it on the shelf

You can request items from other GSU campuses. Books usually take 2-3 business days to arrive and can be picked up at the Circulation Desk. You need a GIL PIN to borrow books from other libraries, too. See the Borrowing & Requesting tab for more information.


Subject Headings

Improve your search with subject headings!  Here's how!


  • Try the author's name as a subject heading, with the last name first, like this: Morrison, Toni
  • Try using the word "criticism" as a subject heading

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