MEd Higher Education Leadership Research Guide


Finding Books

  • Search for a book in VSU's online catalog, GIL-Find@VSU. Most books used for education will be on the 3rd floor in the L's. Consult our floor maps for help locating books.
  • You can borrow books from any institution in the University System of Georgia (USG). See what's available by searching the GIL-Find Universal Catalog.
  • Use the WorldCat catalog to search the world's libraries for that obscure item you need for your research. (Note: You'll need to log in with your BlazeVIEW username and password to access this resource from off campus.) 

Renewing and Requesting Books

Log into your GIL account to view and renew your checked out items.

  • You can access the login page here or from the MyLibrary page.
  • The first time you log in, you'll need to request your pin number. Enter your VSU ID number (a 9-digit number beginning with 870-) and your last name, then click "Get My Pin". A pin number will be sent to your VSU email account.
  • Once you log in, you will see your profile page. This displays your name and personal information, and most importantly, the current GALILEO password. This password can be used to access our electronic resources, such as e-books and databases. It changes at least once per semester.
  • On the right side of the screen you'll see a menu, including a button for "Checked-Out Items" which you can use to see what books you have out and renew them.

You can borrow books from other USG libraries through a service called GIL Express. If you need a book that isn't owned by the USG, you can borrow it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

  • To request an item through GIL Express, begin by locating it in the GIL-Find Universal Catalog.
  • Look at the holdings for the book. If it's available at VSU, come check it out of our library. If not, follow the "Place GIL-Express Request" link.
  • The request form should automatically select VSU as the pickup library, with the 2nd floor circulation desk as the pickup location.
  • Click on "Submit Request" and your book will be in process. When the item is available, you will receive a notification in your VSU email account. (Note: Faculty members' books will be delivered to their department.)
  • For an example of how to submit a request, see our GIL Express Guide.
  • To request a book through Interlibrary Loan (ILL), go to the ILL login page here.
  • Log in with your BlazeVIEW username and password.
  • The first time you log in you need to complete a brief registration page. As a student in the MEd Higher Education Leadership program, you should select "hold for pickup" as your delivery method, select "graduate" as your status, and "Educational Leadership" as your department.
  • To request a book, click on the "request a book" button and fill in all required fields.
  • You will receive a notification in your VSU email account when the book is ready for pickup.

Finding Articles

Odum Library subscribes to many databases that will be useful in your search for articles.

  • Before you start your research, make sure you have a search strategy in mind. Start with your topic, then break it down into keywords and connect them with Boolean operators.
  • Once you have a strategy in mind, start at the Odum Library homepage.
  • If you're doing research on campus, you can move on to the next step. If you're working from home, you'll need to log into Anywhere Access (you'll also find a link to this in the main menu on the library homepage) with your BlazeVIEW username and password. Once you are logged in, you can either navigate to the databases by clicking on the GALILEO link under under the blue Discover heading or you can return to the Odum Library homepage and select the articles section at the top of the page.
  • If you want to search a database that's specific to the field of Education, select Education from the articles section at the top of the homepage to go to the Education subject guide.
  • There are a handful of relevant databases for Education, but we usually find that ERIC (at EBSCOhost)  gives users the best results.
  • If you want to search a more general database that isn't specific to Education, try the following:

If you have the citation for an article that you want to find:

  • Start at the Odum Library homepage and click on the journals section at the top of the page.
  • Enter the journal title (not the title of the article) in the Electronic Journals search box. If we have access to the journal through one or more online databases, they will be listed below the journal title after you perform the search. After the name of the database, you'll see the dates the journal is covered. Follow the link for a database that covers the year you need access to.
  • If we do not have electronic coverage of the journal, try searching for it in the Print Journals search box. Print journals are shelved on the first floor of Odum Library and are arranged alphabetically by title. The most current issues are found on the south side of the building near the Media Center. Older issues are bound and then shelved on the north side of the building.

Requesting Articles

  • If you find a citation for an article but not the actual article, use the Find-It button to determine if you can access it instantly with another database. or if it is available in our print journal collection.
  • If not, use the Find-it button's link to Interlibrary Loan to submit a request for the article. Using the link in the Find-It window will send all of the required information about the article (such as journal title, author, etc.) to the system so you don't have to copy and paste it all.
  • You will receive a notification in your Live@VState email account when the article is ready for you to view. Log into Interlibrary Loan and click on "View/Download Electronically Received Articles" to view it.
  • Articles are delivered as PDF files. They expire from the system after about a month, so if you need access to the article for longer than that period of time, please save a copy.

Peer Review

  • Most databases will let you limit your research to peer reviewed articles. This is an important step to remember, because more often than not you won't want to include articles from popular magazines, trade magazines, or newspapers in your research. There are times that these kinds of sources are appropriate, but for most research papers, they will not be.
  • Visit our guide to learn more about peer review.
  • Use the Ulrich's database to make sure the journal you're using is peer reviewed.

Citation Help

Finding Theses

If you're writing a thesis, you might want to look at a few examples from other VSU students. You can do so with VText, our institutional repository for theses and dissertations at VSU. To find theses and dissertations from the world outside of VSU, use Proquest Dissertations & Theses.

For more information, see our Dissertations & Theses Resources page.

Recommended Reading

Ask a Reference Librarian

If at any time you need help using the library's resources, please contact the reference librarians. We will be happy to assist you. You'll find a Live Chat button on the library homepage that will let you:

  • chat online with a reference librarian.*
  • send a text message to a reference librarian.*
  • call the reference desk.*
  • email a reference librarian.
  • schedule an in-depth consultation with a reference librarian.
  • get the hours for the reference desk.

*During the reference desk's hours of operation.