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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.

An example of a print reference resource

Printed reference result

Online Reference Sources

An example of an online reference resource

Gale search result

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 menu located under Articles & Databases by Subject to reach subject pages for VSU majors.

Is a Journal Peer-Reviewed?

  • To check whether or not a journal is peer-reviewed, use: Ulrichs

Recommended Databases for Education

Finding News and Trade Publications

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

Government Documents

Publications of the federal government can be excellent primary sources. The following search engines may be useful:

  • Department of Education aka Ed.gov Go to "Research" for access to education statistics and publications.
  • FDSys
  • MetaLib
  • USA.gov Search engine for U.S. and state government web sites. Go to "Find Government Agencies" to locate the U.S. Dept. of Education

Community, School, and District Information from Government Sources

  • American FactFinder U.S. Census data for population, housing, economics, and geography.
  • National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) U.S. Department of Education agency responsible for data about education. See the Most Viewed NCES Sites drop-down list for popular reports such as the Nation's Report Card, Digest of Education Statistics, and more.
  • Search for Public School Districts NCES data on district and individual public school enrollment characteristics, ratio of students to teacher, district funding, and more for schools across the United States.

Help with getting articles full-text or in print

Other Skills and Resources

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