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Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Finding Books & eBooks

This guide will help you find case studies & resources related to your GIS projects at the Holman Library & online.

Evidence: books

Use a book when you...

  • want lots of information on a topic (depth).
  • want to put your topic in context with other important issues .
  • are looking for historical information.

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When you find a book...
  • you do not have to read the whole book!
    (Look at the table of contents to see the sections that will be useful.)

Browse by Call Numbers

Libraries use Call numbers to organize resources by subject matter and location.

Did you know you can browse the library shelf in the catalog by using Call Numbers?


352.3 for Public Policy (US Government)

614.42 for Public Health

910.285 for GIS


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Search for print books, ebooks, and videos available at the library and online.

Use filters on the left to limit by specific source type, date range, and more.

Searching by Keyword, in Holman Library Catalog

Wondering what to type in the search box above?

Try keywords & keyword phrases. Examples - "wildfires" "rangeland management" "urban forestry."

Being more specific means more focused, but fewer, results.

Some examples-

  • soil is a broad search that generates over a million results.
  • "soil management"  and limiting the results to "Books" is a narrower search that generates 103 results.

You can search for reference books by changing the Limit to: Reference Collection in Primo's search results.

Tip: Use broad categorical terms to search for reference materials. Example: Instead of soil, use environmental science or forest.

Finding Books in Other Libraries


  1. Search in the box below to find books that are owned by libraries across the United States.

  2. You may further limit your search results to either books or articles.

  3. For the most relevant titles, use the Subject Headings that you find in the library catalog book records. Example:

    • The keyword: "forestry" returns 225,000+ books, while the subject "Forests AND forestry -- Environmental Aspects" yields 3,000+ titles.

    • To limit that further, add more terms. Adding the Subject "Soils" for example, yields 32 titles.

    • The Subject Forests and forestry--Economic aspects--Washington (State) returns 74 books.

  4. Note down the author, title, publisher, publication date and ISBN number of the book.

  5. Fill out Interlibrary Loan Request Form to have the book sent to GRCC's Holman Library for you to check out (note: this process may take 1-2 weeks)

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Spotlight on Books