Tutorials

Searching in the Classic GIL Catalog

Classic GIL is one of two versions of VSU’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, and print journals.  Each GIL 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 is available online and no password is needed to search Odum Library’s catalog.

 

Accessing the Classic GIL Catalog

 

Click on the Books tab. Then click on GIL-Find@VSU Odum Catalog.

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Go to the upper right hand side of the screen and click on the blue Classic GIL Search button.

Search Options

Quick Search provides limited options for searching. It works best of simple one or two word searches involving unusual terms. If you were searching for books written by Kurt Vonnegut, type in the author’s name vonnegut and hit enter.

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 The Quick Search option should be used only for basic searches. If you need to conduct a more specific or narrowed search, please try one of the Advanced Search options.

To access these other search options, click the GIL@VSU Library Catalog link.

Advanced Searches allow the user to conduct very specific and narrowed searches.  There are three types of advanced searches, Keyword Search, Exact Search, and Course Reserve. 

 

Keyword Search

Use the Keyword Search option if you are searching for materials related to a specific subject.   

  • From the library’s home page, http://valdosta.edu/academics/library/, left click on the Advanced Search link (located right side of Quick Search box)
  • Type African American in the first search box and select the as a phrase option from the drop down menu located to the right of this search box
  • Left click in the circle located to the left of AND
  • Type Writers in the second search box and select all of these from the drop down menu located to the right of this search box

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  • Left click on GO or press the enter key
  • Review the results list of the available titles on the subject of African American AND writers.  The Title, Author, Date of Publication, Library Location, and Call number is available from the results list

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  • Left click on the 3rd title, African American Writers, to review detailed information on this book

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The Subject(s) section is a list of the official Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) that has been assigned to a particular record.  If you wanted to find more records related to one of these subject headings, left click on one of the LCSH 

  • Left click on African American authors –Biography –Dictionaries.  You will see that there are12 titles available on this LCSH

 

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  • Left click on African American authors Biography Dictionaries to receive a list of the 12 titles related to this LCSH

 

Exact Search

Use the Exact Search option if you know the exact title of a book, journal, or video you are searching for in the GIL catalog.      

 

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Let’s see if the GIL catalog has a record for the journal, African American Review.

  • Type African American Review in the Find This: box
  • Left click in the circle to the left of the Journal Title* 

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  • Left click on GO or press the enter key 

There are two African American Review journal titles available in print at Odum Library.

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  • If you want to view more details about one of these records, left click on the Journal Title

 

Course Reserve

Use the Course Reserve option if you would like to search for materials that your instructor has placed on reserve at Odum Library.     

  • From the library’s home page, http://valdosta.edu/academics/library/, left click on the Advanced Search link (located right side of Quick Search box)
  • Left click on the Course Reserve tab 

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  • Select the name of the instructor you are searching for course reserve materials from.  For this example select Bell, Lynn 
  • Left click on GO or press the enter key 

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Lynn Bell has several items on reserve for students to read.  Below is a list of some of these items:

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