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Finding Books

Search the Library Catalog
The catalog lists books, print journals, microfilm, music, videos, and and other materials owned by the library.


  • Understanding Call Numbers
  • Use Advanced search for keyword searching. The drop-down menus allow you to search for your keywords within specific fields (title, subject, etc.)
  • Basic search is useful if you want to search by title or browse by author or subject headings. The proper format for names in author and subject heading browses is lastname, firstname. Examples:
    1. Searching for World War II and selecting Title Find in the drop-down menu finds all titles that begin with "World War II." If the title you are looking for starts with an article, omit this from your search.
    2. Searching for Shakespeare, William as an Author Headings browse will find works written by William Shakespeare.
    3. Searching for Shakespeare, William as a Subject Headings browse will lead you to works about William Shakespeare (biographies, literary criticism, etc.).

Search other library catalogs

WorldCat, available via GALILEO, is a library catalog of books and other materials owned by libraries worldwide.

Georgia Library Catalogs
You can search for books in a specific local library by choosing from this list of Georgia library catalogs.

Using material from other libraries
If something you need is not in our library, you may request material from other libraries to be sent here (Interlibrary Loan) or visit another area library (Interlibrary Use).

Finding Articles

Step 1: Choose a database in GALILEO

GALILEO (Georgia's Virtual Library) is a gateway to many research databases and different types of resources. You can find citations and abstracts to journal articles, full-text journal and newspaper articles, e-books, encyclopedias, and library catalogs. All of the library's research databases are accessible via GALILEO.
(If you are off-campus)

Resources in GALILEO are organized by subject. Use the subject menus and the information icons listed beside each resource to select a database that meets your needs. (Do you want a general/multidisciplinary database or a subject specific resource? Do you want newspapers, magazines, peer-reviewed journal articles or books? Do you want full-text or citations/abstracts? How current does your material need to be?)

    Here are several databases you may find useful:
  • Academic Search Premier sm_galileo (1K) A multidisciplinary database that contains abstracts and some full-text content. Indexes both scholarly and popular journals.

  • JSTOR An electronic archive of the full-text content of core scholarly journals in the arts, humanities & sciences.
    Basic Searching Tips | Advanced Searching Tips | Other JSTOR Help Topics

  • LexisNexis Academic sm_galileo (1K) Contains approximately 5,300 publications, virtually all include full- text. Many types of publications are included: newspapers (in English, other languages, and translations of international papers), legal news, business news, general interest magazines, medical journals, trade publications, company financial information, transcripts, wire service reports, government publications, law reviews, and reference works.

    Special instructions for searching a specific publication in LexisNexis:
    1. Choose Sources from the black menu bar at the top of the page.
    2. Type in the publication title you want to search, and click Find Title.
    3. If the title is available in LexisNexis, you will see a Search this title link under the publication name. This will take you into a search form with all the appropriate categories selected to search your publication (guessing them can be tricky).
    4. Complete your search by entering your terms in the text boxes and specifying a date range (optional - the default setting will search the previous six months). Clicking on Tips (in the upper right corner) will show you the accepted date formats.

  • MLA Bibliography sm_galileo (1K) This is the most comprehensive index for modern language and literature. It covers material published since 1964, and includes periodicals, books, dissertations, and conference proceedings. Classical Greek and Latin literature are not covered.

  • Project MUSE An electronic archive of the full-text content of core scholarly journals in the arts, humanities & social sciences.

  • Research Library sm_galileo (1K) A multidisciplinary database that contains abstracts and some full-text content. Indexes both scholarly and popular journals.

  • Wilson OmniFile: Full Text Mega Edition: sm_galileo (1K) A multidisciplinary database that contains abstracts and some full-text content. Indexes both scholarly and popular journals. (You may adjust the subject areas searched by using the yellow menu bar at the top (Social Sciences, Humanities, General Science, etc.).

Step 2: Search the database(s) for articles on your topic

Before jumping right into your search, it is useful to spend some time thinking about your topic. Compile a list of terms associated with your topic and pay careful attention to correct spellings and synonyms. You might try writing out your topic as a sentence, then breaking down your sentence into key concepts. In your search, you can connect your concepts together with Boolean Operators (see below).

Most databases have a Guided, or Advanced, search option that will allow you to easily limit your search terms to specific fields. Boolean operators (and, or, not) are easier to use in this search mode. Additional ways to limit searches are by date, language, peer reviewed journals, and publication.

Refining your search: After your initial few searches, evaluate your results. Are there any aspects of your topic you need to add to your search? Make a note of the subject headings or descriptors attached to your results. You might be able to use these for additional searches. Did you receive too few results? If so, try expanding your search. Limit your search if you retrieved too many records.

Boolean Operator Basics: The Boolean connectors AND, OR, and NOT are often used to combine keywords or concepts when searching electronic databases. Using these operators can make your search more focused, thus yielding more precise search results.

AND is a connector that requires both words to be present in each record in your results. For example, searching for Livy AND historiography will only retrieve citations that include both terms. Use AND to narrow your search.

OR expands your search by allowing either word to be present in your search results. For example, as search on Livy AND (historiography OR method) will yield the following: All resulting citations will contain the word "Livy." In addition, all results will contain either "historiography" or "method" (or both).

NOT is used to exclude terms from your search. For example, if you did not want to find any references to book reviews, you could try searching for Livy NOT "book review".

Step 3: Finding the article once you have the citation

Sometimes the full-text is immediately available from the database you are searching. If so, you can save or print your article(s), then you are done. Often, however, the resource you are using only provides a citation. Using the information on the citation, you need to find out if the library has access to the journal issue you need.

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