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SCOM 1500: Public Speaking (Morris): Books

Finding Books

The Library Catalog tells you about all the materials in the GSU libraries or in the entire USG system.
See Search Hints below...


Video Tutorial: Searching in GIL-Find

Search Hints

   to search names as a phrase | ex: "walter cronkite"

   as a wild card | ex: wom*n

AND between words to NARROW results | ex: cat AND dog

OR between words to EXPAND results | ex: cat OR kitten


HE7551-9722 Telecommunication

HF5410-5418 Marketing

HF5801-6182 Advertising

Communication, Mass media

P94.7 Interpersonal communication

P95-95.6 Oral communication, Speech

Nonverbal communication

P300-305 Rhetoric


PN1991-1991.9 Radio broadcasts

PN1992-1992.92 Television broadcasts

PN1993-1999 Motion pictures

PN4001-4355 Oratory

PN4699-5650 Journalism

Use the Power of Subject Searching

Books in libraries are assigned one or more subject headings. These are standardized terms that ensure books on the same topic can be found even if the keywords are different, as with Istanbul and Constantinople.

Use GILFind (click "Catalog" on the library's homepage or just start here) to search in

  • The Georgia State University Library catalog (includes all of the Perimeter campus libraries)
  • The Georgia State University Law Library
  • All University System of of Georgia libraries (select ""University System of Georgia" instead of "Georgia State University" in the , or in the "Search Scope" dropdown in Advanced Search) 

Use the Browse Search link in GILFind to search by subject terms. (You can also search by subject in Advanced Search). 

When you find a good book, look at its subject headings in the catalog record.

Follow these to list other items on that topic. Or, use the subject heading terms in a new keyword search.

Almost every college or university library in the US will use the Library of Congress Subject Headings. WorldCat also uses them.

Examples of Subject Terms

Searching broad terms like these using "Browse Search" will bring up results for that term AND for more specific phrases beginning with that term

For example .

  • Mass media --> books on mass media broadly defined

but also, following that heading, you'll see links for subcategories like: 

  • Mass media Aesthetics
  • Mass media Africa
  • Mass media Africa, Sub-Saharan

and so on!

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.

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

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)

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):