# 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.

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.

## BOOKS, ARTICLES, DATABASES, & MORE

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.

Access to the universal catalog and the local library catalog is now possible through gilfind.gcsu.edu. 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.

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

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

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

.N456
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.

2008
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.

Adapted from USG: Online Library Learning Center

## Keyword Search Rules for the Library Catalog and Databases

Using AND/OR/NOT (Boolean Search Operators)
AND

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

Example: global warming and agriculture

OR

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

Example: global warming or greenhouse effect

NOT

Use NOT to exclude a word or phrase from your search

Example: hurricanes not north carolina

## Research Help

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