Using GALILEO Scholar at VSU
Introduction to GALILEO
What is GALILEO?
- GALILEO is Georgia's statewide initiative to provide electronic resources to everyone in Georgia.
- "GALILEO stands for GeorgiA Library Learning Online, an initiative of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. A World Wide Web-based virtual library, GALILEO provides access to multiple information resources, including secured access to licensed products. Participating institutions may access over 100 databases indexing thousands of periodicals and scholarly journals. Over 2000 journal titles are provided in full-text. Other resources include encyclopedias, business directories, and government publications." - from GALILEO's About the Initiative.
- GALILEO makes it possible for VSU to provide you with more electronic resources, through GALILEO's lower costs and increased access to a wide range of electronic materials.
What is GALILEO Scholar?
- GALILEO Scholar is GALILEO's "user interface," meaning it's the system you can use to access all GALILEO resources. Odum Library also adds all of the electronic resources that we have acquired outside of GALILEO in GALILEO Scholar.
- GALILEO Scholar is not the only way to access VSU's electronic resources. You can also use the subject guides on the Odum Library homepage. Click "Select Subject" under Articles by Subject to get a list of all subject guides.
Using GALILEO Scholar
Browsing by Subject
- When you are looking for articles within your subject field in GALILEO, you should browse by subject.
- To find electronic resources by subject, click on a subject on the front page. You may have to select a category within that subject. Resources for each subject are "rated" using a five-star system in terms of relevance to the subject, not quality.
Browsing by Type
- When you are looking for different types of electronic resources, regardless of the subject, you should browse by type.
- To find electronic resources by type, click Browse by Type on the horizontal gold bar. Types include journals, encyclopedias, and newspapers.
Databases A-Z List
When you know the name of the electronic resource you are looking for, browse for it alphabetically or search for it in the Databases A-Z list.
- To access the Databases A-Z list, click Databases A-Z on the horizontal gold bar. Click on a letter to browse that letter's alphabetical listing, or type the database name into the search box.
Journals A-Z List
- When you know the name of an individual journal you are looking for, not a database, browse for it alphabetically or search for it using the Journals A-Z list.
- To access the Journals A-Z list, click Journals A-Z on the horizontal gold bar. Click on a letter to browse that letter's alphabetical listing, or type the journal name into the search box.
- GALILEO Scholar does have a Search feature, provided by an outside vendor, WebFeat. This method of searching is not the best way to search for articles at the moment, and Odum Library recommends that you search either through an individual database or by adding databases to a search in the EBSCOhost and ProQuest interfaces. (View the EBSCO and ProQuest tutorials.)
- To use the GALILEO Scholar search tool, click on Search on the horizontal gold bar. Under "3. Choose Databases to Search," click "Show more databases" and select the databases you would like to search through.
- By default, GALILEO Search only uses Academic Search Complete and Research Library. While these are two good general databases, they are far from the entire electronic holdings in the Odum Library. Be sure to add other specific databases to get more results in GALILEO Search.
- Click "View" to view the entire citation in the article's original database. Click "View PDF" to view the full-text of the article. If there is no "View PDF" link, double-check that we do not have it in another database or in print by clicking "Find It @ GALILEO."