Answered By: Scott Pieper
Last Updated: Aug 16, 2016     Views: 128

GIL-Find and GIL Classic are both interfaces for the library's collection of books, DVDs, CDs, e-books, streaming videos and more. GIL-Find and GIL Classic have the same content. New records added to GIL Classic are immediately available but records added to GIL-Find are not available until the next day.

Each interface offers different advantages:


  • Has a more modern, intuitive interface.
  • Includes pictures of the book covers and sometimes has links to Google Books previews. It is easier to narrow your searches and you have options to text, cite, or email information about the item to yourself or others.
  • Searching is more inclusive, allowing for exploration and discovery of library resources with the ability to narrow large result lists by topic, call number area, format, author, language, location, and more.


  • Has an older appearance.
  • Searching can be more precise. With the option to set limits before searching, it can be better for finding one specific resource.  It allows more sophisticated, library-savvy searching.
  • Provides basic keyword and phrase searching, plus the option to search for titles that begin with a specific word or phrase (a helpful choice for finding single-word titles like the journal “Science”).


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