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The resources identified in this LibGuide are by no means a comprehensive list of resources available.
- To identify books, eBooks, DVDs, and other items in the Library's collections, use the GIL-Find catalog.
- To identify materials held at other USG Libraries, select "University System of Georgia" from the dropdown menu when searching the GIL-Find catalog. Use our GIL Express service to have materials sent to SSU.
- To identify materials beyond the local region, use the WorldCat catalog and our ILL services.
Books are the best source for indepth information when you really need to know a subject in and out. Typical books are structured in such a way as to lead you from little knowledge about a subject to a more thorough understanding; this cannot usually be said for web resources or articles. Scholarly articles are typically written by and for experts in a field and so cannot be easily understood by someone that is not familiar with the jargon of that area. Web resources are often the best option for up to date information, but usually do not provide any in depth examination of the information.
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