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ENGL 8200 with Dr. N. Miller, Summer 2019: Searching for Books

This guide presents information about and links to resources useful for your library research.

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.

Finding Books

Directions:

  • Click Books & Journals on the library home page.
  • Type your search terms into the box that has "Search books, journals, and more". You can search keywords, a subject, author, or title. 
  • Click "Find"

 

Advantages

  • Quick
  • Convenient

 

Basic search in GIL-Find

Directions:

  • Click on Books & Journals on the library home page
  • Click on Advanced Search
  • Type your search terms in the search boxes and select any Limits you want to use
  • Click Search

 

Advantages

  • Powerful
  • Complex searches
  • Use search options to refine results

 

Search Options: 

  • Publication Date
  • Format
  • Language
  • Start Date
  • End Date
  • Search Scope
  • Any field can be changed to reflect Title, Author/Creator, Subject, Journal Title, Series Title, Publisher, ISBN

 

Advanced Search in GIL-Find

Physical Books at Odum Library

 

Directions

 

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)" 

 

Search Results in GIL-Find with availability status and call number circled in purple.

 

2. Use the blue link that follows the book status for more options.  In this example, you would click on "Odum Library 3rd Floor Shelves (PN6728 .P36 V38 2016 v.1) and other locations >"

 

Reveal expanded options for a book by clicking on the location in the results list.

 

 

Online Resources at Odum Library 

 

Directions

 

1. To access online materials, click on Online Access.

Search Results for Beatrix Potter showing Available and Online Access

 

2. In the new window, look under View Online. You can access the online material by clicking on the blue link that follows "Full text available at". Example: eBook Public Library Collection - North America or EBSCOhost eBook Community College Collection - GALILEO.

Expanded results when Online Access selected from the results list in the catalog. Find the full text under View Online.

 

 

 

Step 1: Visit gilfind.valdosta.edu

 

Screenshot of GIL-Find search page

 

 

Step 2: Click on the drop-down menu next to Valdosta State University and select University System of Georgia 

 

Screenshot of GIL-Find Search. The drop down menu has been clicked on giving options of Valdosta State University or University System of Georgia

 

 

Step 3: Input your search terms in the first search box and click search 

 

Screenshot of "Rosa Parks" search results in the University System of Georgia

 

Accessing Books from University System of Georgia Institutions

 

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. 

 

Screenshot of catalog record for Paper Girls. PN6728.P36 V38 2016 v. 1 is circled in purple and labeled with Call number.

 

How to Read a Call Number 

 

 

  • Left to Right 

 

In the example for Paper Girls above, reading the call number, you would start with PN and end with v.1. 

 

  • Alphabetically 

 

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. 

 

  • Numerically

 

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. *

 

  • Combine and Repeat

 

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.

  • PN6728 .P36 would come after PN6728 .M88 and PN6728 .P359.  

 

  • PN6728 .P36 would come before PN6728 .P364 

 

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. 

 

 

  • Year

 

In the example of Paper Girls above, 2016 is the year of publication. 

 

 

  • Volume 

 

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. 

 

 

  • Copy

 

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. 

 

Placing an ILL Request

If you find a book or article that you need for your research, but the library does not have it, you can request it using ILL. Books are physical and will be mailed to the library (ebooks cannot be requested). Articles are typically scanned and delivered as online PDFs.

 

How to Request a Book or Article Using ILL

 

  • Go to the library home page.
  • Click on ILL-Odum Express.
  • Log into ILLiad using your BlazeVIEW username and password. ILLiad is the system we use to process ILL requests.
    • The first time you log into ILLiad you must fill in the registration form. Once this form is filled in you will see the main menu for ILLiad and can request materials. In the future you will go directly to the main menu when you  log in.
  • Click on the appropriate link under Make a Request.
    • For example, click on Get an Article to request an article.
  • Fill in the form and click Submit Request.

 

 

Picking Up the Requested Material

 

  • You will receive an email once the book or article is available.
  • Students can pick up books at the main circulation desk.
    • Faculty can have books delivered to their department.
  • Articles are usually online. Log into ILLiad and click on PDFs Available for Download. Be sure to save the PDF! PDFs are removed from the server after 30 days.

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.