ENGL 1102, Prof. Ward, Spring 2012
This webpage connects you to resources to assist you in your research.
Valdosta State University's Odum Library Homepage
- Anywhere Access
- Log in to Anywhere Access to use library resources while off-campus.
- Live Chat
- The Live Chat page shows ways to contact a Reference Librarian. Contact methods include online chat, text message, email, phone, or visiting us in person during normal reference desk hours.
- Schedule a research consultation with a librarian for in-depth help
- With this online form, you may request an appointment with a reference librarian for assistance with your research. We request 48 hours' notice to allow time for scheduling.
Developing a Search Statement
Finding Books and Other Materials
- GIL-Find@VSU—searches for books and other materials by keyword, title, author, subject, and other fields.
- To narrow your book search to only Reference materials, search for your topic, and on the left side of the results page, change the "location" to "Reference - 2nd floor." This won't get every Reference source we have, but it will get most of them.
- Classic GIL@VSU Catalog—offers advanced searching in fields such as exact titles, subject headings, locations such as Reference or 3rd Floor Shelves, etc. Also contains a tab for searching Course Reserves.
- Click "Exact Search," and then select "Subject Heading." Search for your subject. Click on the number of "Titles" to get the list of books. If there's a "See Also" button to the left of your subject, click that to go to related subjects.
Online Reference Sources
An example of an online reference resource (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
Finding Databases to search for Scholarly Articles
- Go to the library home page (www.valdosta.edu/library/).
- Click on the Articles tab, if it is not already selected.
- Click the arrow for the drop-down menu located under Articles & Databases by Subject to reach subject pages for VSU majors.
- Use Ulrich's to determine if a journal is refereed (peer reviewed). Look for the referee's shirt!
Recommended Databases for finding relevant articles
- GALILEO Discovery Search (search across multiple databases)
- "Discovery" lets you search through many databases at once. If you want to narrow your topic, first make a simple search, and then use the advanced three search boxes at the top to connect topics.
- Be sure to filter your results using the left side of the results list! You can narrow the list by source type, date, subject, peer review, and much more.
NOTE: You will need to login through Anywhere Access if you are off campus.
Using Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
Interlibrary Loan allows you to request articles, books, and other materials from other libraries. You can use ILLiad, our online interlibrary loan system, to get articles in 2-5 days, or books in 2 weeks.
Other Skills and Resources