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ENGL 4230: How to find books

Tips for Searching in the Library Catalog

Using Advanced Search 


Using GIL-Find's Advanced Search allows you to select fields. This can be helpful when searching for primary or secondary sources. 


Primary Sources 


An author (AU:) search will enable you to find primary sources - books by that author:

Searching by author


Secondary Sources

A subject (SU:) search will enable you to find secondary sources - books about that author:


Subject search in GIL-FIND@VSU



Search GIL-Find@VSU to find materials available in Odum Library

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.

Open access resources

These resources contain full-text materials in the public domain. This can be very useful if you want to find an eBook of a work published prior to 1923.