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Using the Library: Find Articles

Databases, Discover and GALILEO

A database organizes information so that it is easy to search and find relevant information. 

 

Searching a database is more efficient and effective than searching the open web.

 

  • The library subscribes to (pays for) databases that include the full text of articles and books. This means you can find full-text articles in a database that you cannot access through a web search.

 

  • Databases only include selected resources. This means you don't have to wade through advertisements and irrelevant results, like you would see in a web search.

 

  • The articles, books, etc. in a database are organized by several kinds of information. This means that you can do a very specific search and only get back relevant results.

Find a Database Relevant to Your Research Topic

 

By Subject

  • Go to the library's home page, http://www.valdosta.edu/academics/library/welcome.php

 

  • Click on Research Guides

 

  • Click on the Select Subject drop box to see a list of available guides

 

  • Click on the Subject Guide that most closely matches your research topic, or field of study

 

  • Each Subject Guide lists relevant databases. Select a database to begin searching for articles.

 

Unsure which Subject Guide to use? Not sure which database to start with? Ask a librarian! 

 

By Course

 

A great resource that librarians put together for specific classes. Course specific guides can be found on this page. Click on Course Guides to see the complete list.

 

By Topic 

 

Topic Guides can be seen on this page. Click on Topic Guide to see the complete list.

 

Don't see the topic guide you need? Ask a librarian! We can help you find the relevant guide or create a new one. 

 

Discover 

 

Discover searches GALILEO for books, articles, media, and other resources. Discover searches many databases at once.

Searching Discover is a good option if you are just starting your research or your topic is multidisciplinary. 

 

Directions

To search in Discover:

  • Go to the library home page, http://www.valdosta.edu/academics/library/welcome.php

 

  • Type your search terms or keywords into the Discover search box.

 

  • Click on Find.

 

Discover - Advanced Search

 

Directions:

 

  • Go to the library home page, http://www.valdosta.edu/academics/library/welcome.php

 

  • Click on Advanced Search, under the Discover search box.

 

  • Enter your search terms or keywords into the search boxes.
    • Select limiters, if you want to.

 

  • Click on Find.

 

GALILEO 

 

GALILEO is a statewide, online library portal that provides participating schools with access to over 100 databases that contain scholarly journal articles and academic videos. Students, faculty, and staff of Valdosta State University have access to these databases free of charge. Most of the databases within GALILEO provide access to full text scholarly journal articles that would otherwise be unavailable for free. You may search multiple databases within GALILEO at the same time or you may focus your search within one specific database in GALILEO. 

 

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Finding Journal Articles

When searching for journal articles in VSU’s databases, here are some important strategies to keep in mind.

 

Use Keywords

 

  • Keywords help focus your search on what you’re looking for.
  • Instead of this phrasing: "What are strategies to increase student motivation in Title I schools?”

Try:  student motivation AND Title I

 

Boolean Operators

 

  • There are three Boolean operators – AND, OR and NOT.

 

AND

 Helps narrow your search. Take the example from above:

 

     student motivation AND Title I

 

We tell the search to look for all articles that contain both of these phrases “student motivation” AND “Title I”.

 

 

OR 

Helps broaden your search. We tell the search that we will accept both possibilities in our search results. Oftentimes, synonyms are linked using OR. 

 

Example: Title I OR Elementary and Secondary Education Act OR ESEA

 

 

NOT

Can help make your search more precise. If a result that is different than what you intended keeps dominating your search results, you can use NOT to remove it.

 

Example: If you were interested in what motivates students in Title I schools in every grade BUT sixth grade, you could search:

 

 

student motivation AND (Title I OR Elementary and Secondary Education Act OR ESEA) NOT sixth grade

 

Limiters 

 

  • With each result page, there is a section on the right that gives you options to limit your results. You can select limiters like: 

  • Full Text
  • Peer-reviewed/scholarly*
  • A specific journal
  • Subject 
  • Location
  • Publication date

 

*When searching for journal articles, your sources are most likely required to be scholarly/peer reviewed/refereed. 

 

Experiment

 

  • Try entering your search terms in quotations marks or parentheses. 

 

  • Quotation marks can help keep your search terms together.  

So instead of: student motivation

Try: "student motivation"

 

  • ​ Parentheses can be useful if your career has different terms that can be used to refer to it. Putting these terms in parentheses tells the search to look for all of these terms. This strategy can help you get more relevant results. 

Example: ("Title I" OR "Elementary and Secondary Education Act" OR ESEA)

Once you have found an article, you will probably want to read it.  To access the article, you will look for symbols like these: 

Click on the respective symbol to access the article. 

As a rule of thumb, avoid HTML Full Text when possible as it will resemble a web page and will not contain page numbers, making citing more difficult. PDF Full Text links you to a PDF copy of the article that you can then e-mail to yourself or download. If you see the Full Text Finder button, this indicates that there is an extra step to access the article. The article may be found in another database or resource or it might available through an Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Journals A-Z

If you have a citation and you would like to know if the library has access to the article, you can use Journals A-Z to find out.

 

Citation: Hyland, K. (2007). Applying a Gloss: Exemplifying and reformulating in academic discourse. Applied Linguistics, 28(2), 266-285.

 

In the above example: Applied Linguistics is the title of the journal. 

You can access Journals A-Z from Odum Library's home page. 

 

1. Click on Journals A-Z.  

 

Screenshot of Library Homepage with Journals A to Z, the fifth option under Resources, circled in black.

 

2. Enter journal title in the search box and click Search. 

Example: Applied Linguistics. 

 

Screenshot of Searching Library Publications. Applied Linguistics is entered in search bar at the top.

 

3. Find the corresponding journal title in the search results. 

 

Results from search of Applied Linguistics.

 

4. Examine the information under Full Text Access for the journal title. This shows the access that Odum Library has to the title in question. 

 

Example: Applied Linguistics is available from Oxford University Press. Odum Library has access to journal articles between 1/1/1996 to Present. 

 

5. Click on the blue link under Full Text Access. 

 

6. In the database or on the publisher's website, use additional information from the citation (like author, year, article title, volume, issue, page number) to locate the article. 

 

Applied Linguistics journal page. The year 2007 has been selected from a drop down menu at the top. The second issue has been highlighted from a second drop down menu.

 

GIL-Find@VSU

 

You can also use the journal title to search in the catalog to see what access Odum Library has.  According to the image below, Odum Library has both online access and physical copies of this journal.  You can click View It for electronic access or Get It for more information about the physical location and holdings. 

 

Screenshot from GIL-Find showing results for a search for "Applied Linguistics"

Print Journals

Print journals are located on the first floor of the library. They are arranged alphabetically by title (does not include the, an, a).

 

Journals A-Z

Allows you to search the library collection for specific journals by title. This is useful if your professor gives you a citation for an article you are supposed to read or if you find an article while searching Google Scholar you can search the library to see if we subscribe to the journal in which the article was printed. 

 

Searching within Journals

If we have access to an journal electronically, you may be able to perform a search within that specific journal. The process may vary depending on if we have access through a database or through the publisher of the journal. 

 

Do you have questions about searching within a specific journal?

 

We want to help: Contact the Reference Desk

 

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