GIL-Find@VSU is the library's online catalog. This catalog is made up of descriptive records of all the materials available at Odum Library. These materials include books, videos, musical scores, government documents, print journals, and other items. Each GIL-Find record represents one item and provides detailed information about the record, such as the author, title, subject headings, and the call number for the item. GIL-Find is available online and no password is needed to search Odum Library’s catalog.
1. From the search results, you can see the status and location of the book.
Example: "Available at Odum Library 3rd Floor Shelves (PN6728 .P36 V38 2016 v. 1)"
2. Click Get It for more options.
1. To access online materials, click on View It.
2. Click the link that follows Full text available at to access the online material.
Step 1: Visit gilfind.valdosta.edu
Step 2: Click on the drop-down menu next to Valdosta State University and select University System of Georgia
Step 3: Input your search terms in the first search box and click search
To learn how visit the GIL-Express page.
Odum Library uses the Library of Congress Classification to organize the library by subject. Each book is assigned a call number.
Things might look a little different than the books at your public library or at a bookstore. However, there are only a few easy rules to follow and you'll be able to find any book in our library!
The catalog entry will always tell you which floor the book is located on and that's a good place to start. Once you get to the right floor, you're going to want to start reading the call number.
In the example for Paper Girls above, reading the call number, you would start with PN and end with v.1.
The first part of the call number will be 1-3 letters. Read these alphabetically.
In the example for Paper Girls above, the first part is PN. PN would come after P, PA, PB, PC, PD, PE, etc. until you get to PN. Each row of the shelves in the library is labeled with a range. Look for those that include PN.
The second part of the call number is a number that consists of one or more digits. Smaller numbers come before larger numbers.
In the example for Paper Girls above, the second part of the call number is 6728.
So once you are in the PN section, you will look for that second number. PN6728 would come after PN6700 and before PN6730.
*You don't have to count every book. In fact, look ahead on the shelf and see if the numbers jump ahead closer to the number you are looking for. *
The third part of the call number (if there is one) is made up of a letter and a number. Use your alphabet and number skills. The key difference with this third part is that the number is read as if it came after a decimal point. Rest assured, typically at this point, you're pretty close to finding your book.
In the example for Paper Girls above, the third part of the call number is .P36.
Once in the PN6728 section look at that third part.
If it helps, imagine extra zeros after this number .P36(0) vs. .P364.
Keep following this process until you find you reach the year of publication.
In the example of Paper Girls above, 2016 is the year of publication.
If there are volumes in a work (encyclopedia or comic book), the volume will be indicated with v and the corresponding number.
In the example of Paper Girls above, this v.1 refers to volume 1.
If the library owns multiple copies of the same item, they will be indicated with a c.
If this was our second copy of Paper Girls v.1., it would read: v.1. c.2.