Module 3: Using Gil-Find

What is GIL-Find?

GIL-Find is an easy-to-use interface for GSW’s online catalog.  This catalog is made up of descriptive records of all the materials available at James Earl Carter Library.  These materials include books, videos, musical scores, government documents, and print journals.  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 James Earl Carter Library’s catalog.

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GIL-Find vs. GALILEO

Should I use GIL- Find or GALILEO?

Use GIL-Find to find books, periodicals, and other materials found in the James Earl Carter Library.

Use GALILEO to find journal articles. GALILEO indexes articles in thousands of periodicals. Those periodicals could be found in your library, or in a library in Seattle, or only exist in a database on a server in Washington.

GIL-Find does not index periodical articles but it does identify whether a library subscribes to a periodical, and if so, what years it owns.

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Searching GIL-Find

GIL-Find is accessible from the Library's homepage, GSW Library.

Basic Search

A basic search functions much like an internet search engine and allows you to search words or phrases in all record fields. After you type in your term(s) in the search box, click the Find button.

Exact Search

If you know the exact title of a book, journal, or video you are searching for in the GIL-Find catalog, you can select to only search in that Field.

You can search by field for a specific:

  • Title
  • Title or Subject
  • Journal Title
  • Author
  • Subject
  • Call Number
  • Sudoc Number (Government Documents)
  • ISBN/ISSN or
  • Tag (user provided).

So, for example, we can search for the journal African American Review, by typing in the name of the journal and selecting Journal Title from the Fields drop-down menu.


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The Results of Your Search

Once the results of your search are displayed, you can further narrow your search by using the limiters on the left side of the page:

  • Call Number
  • Format
  • Author
  • Language
  • Location
  • Genre
  • Region

In addition, you can sort your results by relevance, date descending (newest to oldest material), author, or title.

The search results page will provide you with the following information for each item:

Title: The title of the item. Click on the title to display a more detailed record for the item.

Author: The author(s) of the item.

Call Number: The call number for the item. This will help you locate the item on the shelf.

Location: Where the book is located. This may indicate a collection (general of main, media, reference, etc.) or a floor. When more than one copy of an item is in the library, you will see a "Location" entry that says "Multiple Item Statuses." You must click on the title to see the location and status of each copy.

Date: The date of publication. If the record is a periodical, this date indicates the date the periodical began, not the years owned by the library. View the full record for that information.

Status: Whether the book is available. "Not Checked Out" means it is not checked out to another patron and should be on the shelf.

Subject headings: These are word or phrases that describe the item. Clicking on a subject heading will bring you to a list of other materials in the library that have that subject heading.

*Remember, the three most important pieces of information you need from a record before you check out an item are its location, call number, and status.*

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