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What is the difference between GIL and GALILEO?

GIL, the UGA Libraries catalog, is used to find books and other materials in the Main and Science Libraries as well as the Curriculum Materials Library and branch libraries. GALILEO is a collection of hundreds of individual databases used to find articles on various topics. For more information about GIL and GALILEO, click here.

How do I access GALILEO from off campus?

To best access GALILEO from off-campus, users should enter the GALILEO password on the initial screen before selecting a database. Follow the steps below to access databases remotely:

Be sure that you are using the current GALILEO password. Go to the GALILEO homepage. Look for the Login link near the top of the page. Click on the link that says "Log in as another user." Enter the current password and click Go! GALILEO should reload, recognizing you as an off-campus UGA user. You should see a link that says "Welcome UGA Libraries User."

If you still experience difficulties accessing GALILEO after following these steps, check out our troubleshooting tips or contact us for additonal assistance.

How do I suggest an item for the UGA Libraries' collection?

University of Georgia students, faculty, and staff are welcome to make suggestions for materials for purchase consideration by the Libraries. You may make your suggestion using our online form.

How can I obtain copies of UGA Libraries' materials?

The Email Reference Service cannot provide document delivery to patrons. Patrons do, however, have several options for obtaining copies of the materials they need.

When looking for a copy of a journal article, University of Georgia students, faculty, and staff should first check the Electronic Journal search function to determine if any full-text electronic access is available. UGA faculty located on the Athens campus may arrange for delivery of books and photocopied articles through Access Services. Faculty located at UGA Experiment Stations can receive similar services through their station library and the Science Library Document Delivery Unit. To obtain materials not held by the UGA Libraries, current students, faculty, and staff may borrow materials through Interlibrary Loan.

Patrons from outside the University who wish to obtain copies of materials in the UGA Libraries general collections are welcome to visit the Libraries or may use the Interlibrary Loan service at their local libraries. Your library will make the necessary arrangements to borrow the materials you need -- either from UGA or from another library -- and will collect from you any fees that may be charged for copying and/or postage.

Some free online access to articles is available through sites like and

Finally, there are commercial document delivery services which will deliver articles quickly and directly to the patron for a fee. These fees vary and can be expensive. These services include the British Library, Ingenta, Linda Hall Library, and CISTI.

How can I find a copy of my class textbook in the Libraries?

Although the Libraries' do not hold all of the textbooks required for current UGA classes, you can check GIL, our catalog, to see if we have a copy of the title you need. You will need to know the title and author of the textbook in order to check our holdings. Books are not listed by course number or instructor. To purchase a textbook, please contact the UGA Bookstore for assistance.

How can I view a copy of the Confederate Constitution?

The Manuscript Copy of the Confederate Constitution is a part of the collections of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The original Manuscript Copy is traditionally displayed each year on Confederate Memorial Day, April 26th. For current information regarding the day and times the document will be on display, please contact the Hargrett Library at 706-542-7123 or via email. Digital images and a transcript of the Confederate Constitution can be viewed online through the Hargrett Library digital archive.

How can I obtain copies of UGA yearbooks?

The Pandora, UGA's yearbook, was first published in 1886. Copies of the Pandora are available in the Main Library, both in Reference and in the Georgia Room. The yearbooks are not available online. For more information about the Pandora, including ordering information for this year's edition, please see the Pandora website.

How can I apply to the University of Georgia?

For information regarding undergraduate and graduate admission to UGA, including links to the UGA Bulletin/Catalog, fact sheets for prospective students, and more, see the admissions homepage.

How can I obtain a copy of my UGA transcript?

To request a copy of your transcript, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

How do I find information about UGA Alumni for Genealogical Research?

Looking for information about a family member who attended UGA? Contact the UGA Alumni Records office at (800) 606-8786 or via email. The Alumni Records office is located in the A. G. Edwards Building at 1045 S. Milledge Avenue, Athens.

The Pandora, UGA's yearbook, often offers additional information about and/or pictures of UGA Alumni. Copies of the Pandora are located in the Main Library in Reference and in the Georgia Room at the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Researchers are also welcome to contact the University Archives in the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library via email or by phone at (706) 542-7123.

If you are interested in hiring an Independent Genealogical Researcher for assistance with your research, please see our list of genealogical researchers who will do work for a fee.

Where can I find guidelines for citing sources?

Proper documentation allows you to give credit to the sources of ideas and quotations you use in a paper. Four commonly used documentation styles are APA, MLA, Turabian, and Chicago Manual of Style. The websites and Landmark's Citation Machinewill help you create and format your bibliography online.

If you aren't sure which style to use, check with your professor/editor and see the suggestions from the Writing Center at UW - Madison. If you need help with the correct formatting of a particular citation in your bibliography beyond the instructions given in the style manual, you should consult your instructor/editor.

Where can I get assistance with using bibliographic management software?

Bibliographic management software packages such as Endnote and Refworks allow researchers to organize and store their references from a variety of sources and easily create bibliographies and footnotes for projects, articles, and reports. More information on using these bibliographic management tools specifically with UGA Libraries' electronic resources, including GIL and many of the GALILEO databases, is available online.

Where can I get assistance with matters of copyright?

The University of Georgia complies with the copyright law as interpreted by the University System Board of Regents. You will find their guidelines available online. Stanford University maintains a helpful web page on copyright questions, as does the Internet Public Library. The body of copyright law is subject to interpretation and changes as the courts rule on specific cases. Some instances of copying for educational purposes that are permitted today may not be permitted in the future. If none of these sites help you determine the appropriate practice for your situation, please seek legal counsel.

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