Festschrift is one of those great German “portmanteau” (or “suitcase”) words. Fest means “celebration” and schrift is a “written thing,” and a Festschrift is a publication celebrating something – most often a distinguished senior academic’s birthday (65th, 70th, or older!) or retirement. Often a Festschrift is an edited book that includes essays by the honoree’s former doctoral students and colleagues on topics that the honoree has spent her career researching. It may also, very usefully, include a full list of the honoree’s own publications – a great source for bibliography! The German plural is Festschriften, but you may also see the term Festschrifts.
Most Festchriften can be found in GIL by searching for the name of the honoree as a keyword. If they are in English, they often have a title beginning with “Essays in Honor of… .”
This 2009 Festschrift: The Changing Worlds of Atlantic Africa: Essays in honor of Robin Law (of the University of Stirling (Scotland, UK) Department of History) was published by the Carolina Academic Press and is currently available in the Main Library on the Fourth floor at call number DT475 .C475 2009.
Wait, what’s a citation?
A citation is the information about a scholarly resource: author’s name, title, source (journal or book or whatever), page numbers, year. It’s the information you include in the bibliography when you write a paper, and it’s the information a GALILEO database will give you when you do a search.
To be able to find the resource when you have a citation, the most important part is the source. Usually it’s a journal title, but sometimes we hear from students who get confused because they are searching for a journal when the ‘article’ they want is actually a book chapter, or even an entire book. Look closely at the description of the source in the citation.
Getting to the article:
If you are already in a GALILEO Database:
- There may be a direct link to a pdf or an html page of the article.
- Look for the Find It @ UGA button next to the citation. Click it and see if a link appears offering full-text of the article.
If you aren’t in GALILEO, or the previous steps don’t work:
Still not finding it?
What is the Bindery?
Sometimes you will see “bindery” listed as a location in the online GIL catalog. This most often occurs with print journals, and most often appears in the spring. Why? A print journal may arrive at the library quarterly, monthly, or even more often than that. The individual issues are shelved in the current periodicals section (on the first floor of the Main Library for journals in the humanities and social sciences; on each floor in the Science Library for science journals). Early in 2009, library staff check to see if all the 2008 issues of a given journal have arrived. If they are all present, the issues are collected and sent out to the bindery, an off-campus bookbinding contractor, to be bound together into one volume that will hold the entire year under one cover. The newly bound journal volume will be shelved with previous years in the library stacks.
How do I get things that are at the Bindery?
If the journal article you want is in an volume that’s currently at the bindery, you have several options.
- Look to see if we have the article available online in full-text (search for the journal title in the e-journals finder.)
- Wait until the volume returns from the bindery and is available on the shelf. In the catalog the date the item was sent to the bindery will be included; materials usually come back in about 4 weeks.
- Request the article by InterLibrary Loan using ILLiad.
Need help getting something? Ask a librarian.
A database in library-speak isn’t something in Microsoft Access – we use this term to refer to the online sites that collect journal articles and make them searchable by keyword. Popular library databases include JStor, Academic Search Complete, and Medline. These databases are often provided by private companies (brand names you will see a lot include Ebsco and CSA), and UGA subscribes to them, paying an annual fee for access to the full-text articles. GALILEO is the UGA library’s interface to find which one of our hundreds of databases is right for you. If you know a database’s name, like JStor, you can use the alphabetical links to find it. If you aren’t sure which database is right for you, you can use the subject browser in GALILEO to look at the databases librarians recommend for your subject, from Accounting to Women’s and Gender Studies (sorry, there’s no Z – Zoology is under Biological Sciences!)
Bottom line? If you want articles – scholarly journal articles, peer-reviewed articles, newspaper articles, or popular magazine articles – use a database. Find the right one in GALILEO or ask a librarian for advice.
Microfilm is a technology, popular in the 1970s, that allows the preservation of information in a small space. Images of each page of a document were photographed and preserved on film. For example, page images of 6 months of a newspaper can be stored on a reel of microfilm that fits in a 4 by 4 inch box. Microfilm is read using a special reader, and individual pages can also be printed out. Some materials are still microfilmed today, but most things are digitized so they can be viewed on computers.
At the UGA Libraries we have many materials on microfilm, including newspapers, journals, and books. Microfilm materials appear with the location note “Main Basement Microforms” in GIL, the online catalog. They are kept in the basement of the Main Library, where there are also microfilm readers and printers available.
When the status column on a record in the Law Library’s catalog, GAVEL, shows ‘REQUEST’ this means that the item may be requested by the patron at the circulation desk. This initiates a process whereby staff retrieve the item from a faculty member’s office collection or other special locations. Most of these items have been purchased by law faculty with funds they are given to buy items for their office collections. Faculty are willing to share the cataloged items with Law Library users.