VSU 1102 - Beasley

  • 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.
  • Make an Appointment with a Reference Librarian
    • 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

Suggested Subject Headings

  • leadership
  • Business ethics
  • Nursing

e.g. Nursing and leadership

Discover Galileo

  • A great place to start your searching for sources, as it searches a number of our databases and the GIL-FIND@VSU catalog in one (1) search.
  • Use the EbscoHost guide to get familiar with Discover, as it is an EbscoHost tool.

Finding Books and Other Materials

  • GIL-Find@VSUsearches for books and other materials by keyword, title, author, subject, and other fields.
  • GIL Universal Catalogexpands the GIL-FIND@VSU catalog to search for and request books from all University System of Georgia libraries. GIL Express allows you to have those books delivered to any USG library within 3-6 days.
  • GIL Express Request (guide)
  • Downloading eBooks (guide)

Print Reference Materials

You will find print reference sources in both the main reference collection and the "reference alcove." Please ask the Reference Librarian on duty at the reference desk for assistance in finding materials.

Print Reference Sources

  • Encyclopedia of Leadership - REF HD57.7 .E53 2004
  • Spirit of leadership: inspiring quotations for leaders - REF PN6084.L15 S6 1989 
  • Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration - REF LB2805 .E527 2006

Online Reference Sources

Academic/Scholarly Resources vs. Popular (non-academic) Resources

What is a peer reviewed journal?    

“Peer review” journals (or “refereed journals”) mean that an article goes through an editorial process that includes review and approval by the author’s peers (people who are an expert in the same subject area) before being published.

Some databases give you the option to search for only Peer Reviewed items.

Is an academic/scholarly journal the same thing as a peer reviewed journal?

Academic, or scholarly, journals are not the same as peer reviewed journals. Many, but not all, academic/scholarly journals are peer reviewed.

How do I know it is peer reviewed?

Odum Library’s Peer Review guide includes several ways to determine if an article is peer reviewed. E.g.  International Journal of Leadership in Education

What are popular resources?

Popular (i.e. non-academic) resources are…popular, as in fun to read. Popular resources include newspapers, colorful magazines, etc. E.g. Time Magazine

Finding Individual Databases to search for Scholarly Articles

  • Go to the library home page.
  • Click on the Articles tab
  • Click Select Subject
  • Click on the appropriate Subject guide (e.g. English)

Recommended Databases

NOTE: You will need to login through Anywhere Access or know the GALILEO password if you are off campus.

Locating articles full-text or in print

Using Interlibrary Loan(ILL)

  • ILL - login page
  • ILL - FAQ's

Other Skills and Resources

MLA Style


Avoiding Plagiarism


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