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Research Start Page: Find Books

Research tips, resources and links to library related information.

Book Locations & Maps

Quick Guide to Library Locations

Circulating Stacks 3rd Floor
Oversize 3rd Floor
Reserves 2nd Floor
Periodicals 2nd Floor
Reference 3rd Floor
Special Collections 2nd Floor
Gov. Docs. 3rd Floor
Juvenile 3rd Floor


Georgia College Library Floor Plans

Catalog Search Tips

Think Broadly. Remember to think broadly when searching for books - that is, to realize that your specific topic will probably be treated in books that cover a broader subject.

Once you find a book relevant to your topic, use the subject headings to help you find more.

Need help navigating the catalogs?

These tutorials will show you how to use the Library's various research tools, such as the Library Catalog, the Universal Catalog, the Journal Locator, and GALILEO.



GALILEO: Search the Georgia College collection for books and e-books, media (videos and audio recordings), government documents, musical scores, plays, print journals and microfiche. Also, search online databases and journals for articles, proceedings, and papers. 

GIL Universal Catalog: Access to the universal catalog and the local library catalog is now possible through Take a look at the photo below to see how to switch from searching the local catalog to the universal catalog. Use GIL Express to request items from another library in the University System of Georgia.

WorldCat: Search libraries outside Georgia. If you find something you need, use Interlibrary Loan to request items from libraries outside the University System of Georgia.

Understanding Call Numbers

The book's call number is like its address on the shelf. 

Read call numbers line by line.

LB1025 .N456 2008

Read the first line in alphabetical order:
A, B, BF, C, D... L, LA, LB, LC, M, ML...

Read the second line as a whole number:
1, 2, 3, 45, 100, 101, 1000, 1025, 2000, 2430...

The third line is a combination of a letter and numbers. Read the letter alphabetically. Read the number as a decimal, eg:
.N456 = .456 .C724 = .724

Some call numbers have more than one combination letter-number line.

The last line is the year the book was published. Read in chronological order:
1985, 1991, 1992, 2008...

Here is a shelf of books with the call number order explained.

Ten Library of Congress call numbers in order on a shelf. On the first line, 'LA' before 'LB'.  On the second line, '2327' before '2328'. On the combination letter number line 'B' before 'C'. For the numbers after the letter on the combination line, '.55' before '.554' and '.554' before '.63'.  For the last line, '1987' before '1991'.

Adapted from USG: Online Library Learning Center

Keyword Searching

Keyword Search Rules for the Library Catalog and Databases

Using AND/OR/NOT (Boolean Search Operators)

Use AND to focus search and combine different aspects of your topic.

Example: global warming and agriculture


Use OR to expand your search and find synonyms/related terms.

Example: global warming or greenhouse effect


Use NOT to exclude a word or phrase from your search

Example: hurricanes not north carolina

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