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.
1. Go to the library's home page.
2. Click on Research Guides
3. Click on the Select Subject drop box to see a list of available guides
4. Click on the Subject Guide that most closely matches your research topic, or field of study
5. 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!
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.
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 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.
To search in Discover:
1. Go to the library home page.
2. Type your search terms or keywords into the Discover search box.
3. Click on Find.
To search using Advanced Search:
1. Go to the library home page.
2. Click on Advanced Search, under the Discover search box
3. Enter your search terms or keywords into the search boxes.
4. Select limiters, if you want to.
5. Click on Find.
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.
When searching for journal articles in VSU’s databases, here are some important strategies to keep in mind.
Try: student motivation AND Title I
There are three Boolean operators – AND, OR and NOT.
We tell the search to look for all articles that contain both of these phrases “student motivation” AND “Title I”.
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
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
*When searching for journal articles, your sources are most likely required to be scholarly/peer reviewed/refereed.
So instead of: student motivation
Try: "student motivation"
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 have a citation and you would like to know if the library has access to the article, you can use Journals by Subject to find out.
In the above example, Applied Linguistics is the title of the journal.
You can access Journals by Subject from Odum Library's home page.
1. Click on Journals by Subject.
2. Enter journal title in the Find e-Journal by Title search box and click Search.
Example: Applied Linguistics.
3. Find the corresponding journal title in the search results. Click on Online access.
4. Examine the information in the View Online tab. This shows the access that Odum Library has to the title in question. Some journal titles will be available from multiple sources but have different availability or access depending on the database or publisher.
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 after Full text availability
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.
You can also use the journal title to search in the library's catalog for online access or physical copies of the journal. If necessary, you can refine your results by selecting Journals under Format on the left hand side of the page.
If the journal is available in print at Odum Library, you will see the "Available at" and the location of the item in the result list. If the journal is available electronically, you will see Online Access in the result list.
Example: According to the image below, Odum Library only has access to this journal online.
Print journals are located on the first floor of the library. They are arranged alphabetically by title (does not include the, an, a).
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.
Do you have questions about searching within a specific journal?
We want to help: Contact the Reference Desk.