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Counseling: Print & E-Books

Find & Request Physical GFU Library Materials: 1 min. 22 sec.

Find Physical Items in GFU Libraries

Find Print Books and Other Physical Items in the GFU Libraries 

To search for GFU print books, videos, and other physical items:

  • Add your search terms and click the gold Search button to run the search

GFU Library Primo Search

The initial Primo search returns physical items along with online materials.

To limit to physical items from GFU libraries, such as print books, DVDs and print journalslook at the left side of the search results under the Availability heading and click the link "Physical Items in GFU Libraries"

Next, narrow by Resource Type such as print books from the left sidebar by clicking the link to Print Books, DVD Videos, Journals, etc. 

A Primo Advanced Search allows for more nuanced searching, and limiting by material type, language, and more.                                                                                    Circulation Period: GFU books circulate to students for a four-week period, with up to two renewals. Most DVDs check out for one week.

Find Ebooks at George Fox Library: 2 min. 8 sec.

Electronic Books

You can access e-book collections published by many different vendors.  Each has its own unique interface and features.

Detailed information on the major collections at George Fox: New Acquisitions.

E-books can feel a little tricky at first, but are great once you get the hang of them. 

Below is information on using e-books from some of our largest vendors.



PsycBOOKS from the American Psychological Association (APA), includes over 50,000 chapters in PDF from thousands of books, published by APA and other distinguished publishers.

It includes over 1,600 classic books of landmark historical impact in psychology dating from the 1600s, and the exclusive electronic release of more than 1,500 authored entries from the APA/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology


Search by Subject

Search by title, author, or subject to discover:

  1. which of our libraries owns it
  2. shelf position (call number)
  3. status (on shelf or checked out)
  4. complete citation

Search Summit and/or WorldCat for books at other libraries.

Through Summit, you have access to the holdings of most academic libraries in the northwest. You can also choose to search the World Catalog.  Summit materials arrive in 2-4 business days. You can check Summit books out for 6 weeks with no renewals. Books requested from outside the Summit system can take 10 days to 3 weeks to arrive.

Types of searches that you can use to find books:

A.  Title and author searches

If you know the title of a book or the name of an author you can perform a "Title" or "Author" search in Primo or Summit by selecting these field options from a drop-down menu or a tab and entering the title or author name in the search box.

B.  Keyword search

A keyword search is the broadest, most flexible search that you can use.  It looks for the terms that you enter in any order within all of the fields of the bibliographic record.  You can perform a "Keyword" search in Primo or Summit by selecting this field option from a drop down menu or a tab and entering the keyword(s) in the search box.  This can be a good way to start your book search but sometimes the results are irrelevant or there are so many that it would take too long to go through them all.  If this is the case then a subject search will be more helpful for you.

C.  Subject search

A subject search in the catalog is the most direct way to find a book on a specific topic.  You can perform a "Subject" search in Primo or Summit by selecting these field options from a drop-down menu or tab and entering the subject heading in the search box.  It can be difficult to know or to find the right subject heading to use for this type of search.  If you are not sure what term to use as a subject heading then read the tip below for a helpful alternative.

Easiest way to perform a subject search:

Using a keyword search find one book in the catalog that most closely matches your topic of interest and look at the full record to view the subject headings that are used to describe the content.  Click on one of the subject headings to view all materials that have been labeled with the same subject heading or use a combination of subject headings to formulate your own search.

Subject searches

Find materials at George Fox libraries: