HIST 4206 - Dr. Hinnershitz

Review of Search Strategies and Developing a Topic

Newspaper Resources

Guide to News Resources available in Odum Library

Electronic Holdings

Microfilm Holdings in Odum Library

Finding Books

Quick searching:

  • GIL-FIND@VSU Library Catalog—find books, videos, scores, and other items in Odum Library's catalog and easily narrow your results by format, author, language, course reserves, etc. Use Advanced Search for more complex searches combining keywords or subjects. To begin locating primary sources, you can narrow your keyword or subject search by adding the keyword "sources," "personal narratives," or "documents."

Advanced options for searching for books:

  • Classic GIL@VSU Catalog—offers advanced searching in fields such as exact titles, subject headings, and locations such as Reference or 3rd Floor Shelves, etc. Choose the Keyword Search tab for advanced searches, and choose Exact Search to search for exact titles, authors' names, journal titles, etc.
  • GIL Universal Catalog—expands the Classic Gil@VSU catalog to search for and request books from all University System of Georgia libraries. 
  • GIL Universal Catalog / GIL Express (guide)—how to request books from other USG libraries. You need to set up a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to request items from other USG libraries and to check your library account.
  • eBooks—the box on the left hand side of the page has links to eBooks by Netbook, ebrary, and Safari.
  • WorldCat Catalog—searches multiple library catalogs from around the world to locate records for books, websites and internet resources, manuscripts, maps, computer programs, musical scores, films and slides, newspapers, journals and magazines, and sound recordings. You can also narrow a WorldCat search to locate just those items available at Odum Library.

Using InterLibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) allows you to request articles, books, and other materials from other libraries.  You can use the ILLiad system by logging in with your BlazeView username and password to request articles that should arrive in 2-5 days, or books within 2 weeks.

List of African American Resources in Archives and Special Collections:


Primary Sources

  • In our GIL-Find and other GIL catalogs, locate diaries, letters, and similar primary sources by adding the subject Sources or Personal Narratives to your search.
  • American Memory Project from the Library of Congress provides free Internet access to numerous documents, images, transcripts, and other materials on the history of the United States.

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