RELI 7770: Theory & Methods in the Study of Religion

Finding Books

GIL or GILFind: Two different interfaces to find books we own at UGA. GILFind is preferred for for keyword searches when you don't have a specific title in mind.  If a book is checked out, you can 'recall' it using a "Request" link- you will get it in about a week. You can also request books from the Repository, our off-campus storage facility; deliver is usually the following day.

GIL Universal Catalog: Books owned by public institutions in Georgia; request through GIL Express and delivery is usually 3-5 days. closest to a "universal catalog". Request books not available in Georgia through Interlibrary Loan.

Google Books: out-of-copyright books (US: before 1923), are available to download as a .pdf.  You can often find "snippets" of books in copyright. See also Hathi Trust.

Using Library of Congress Subject Headings

The Library of Congress has developed a controlled vocabulary to help make various works on a topic easily found together. Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) can sometimes be more useful than a keyword search.

Make use of them:

  • Do a keyword search in GILFind, find a book that is on your topic, then click the hotlinked LCSH in the full record to find all books we own on that topic.
  • Search GIL by subject heading - try a keyword search for a subject heading, and experiment until you find the right heading for your topic.
  • Consult the print LCSH at the Main Library (red books at the Reference Desk) or search the master list online (by keyword) to find the right subject heading for your topic.  Then search GIL for an exact match to that subject heading.
Some examples:

Finding Dissertations

Electronic Theses and Dissertations (University of Georgia)
Search for dissertations and theses completed at UGA since 1999; some are available in full text. Older UGA Dissertations are in the library catalog.

Dissertation Abstracts (ProQuest Dissertations and Theses)
Search for US dissertations back to the 19th century. Abstracts are available from about 1980 on.

Get a Copy of a Dissertation
Request a copy through Interlibrary Loan. They can also help you purchase a copy if you would prefer.

Your Library Account

Every student has an account within the library system, GIL. You can log into your account to: 
  • see what you have checked out
  • renew items online (subject to certain restrictions)
  • see if items you have requested are waiting to be picked up
  • get the GALILEO password
Log in with your bar code number, your last name and your PIN. Note: If you do not know your PIN, fill in your name and bar code number and click 'Get My Pin'. Your PIN will be emailed to you.
Last Update: September 10, 2012 09:16 | Tagged with: religion judaism christianity islam buddhism hinduism taoism