ENGL 1102- Prof. Chen
- Constructing a Search Strategy (guide)
- Mapping Your Topic (guide)
- Boolean, Truncation & Wildcard (guide)
Databases for Articles
Finding Databases for Scholarly Articles
- Go to the library home page (www.valdosta.edu/academics/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.
Recommended Databases for Articles
- GALILEO Discovery
- The new GALILEO Discovery lets you search through many (but not all) databases. After you search, be sure to use the left sidebar to narrow your results to the type of source, peer review, and publication date.
These databases often have better search options - click on Advanced Search when you first get to the database and scroll down to see all of your options.
- Academic Search Complete (various subjects, some peer-reviewed and full text)
- Research Library (at ProQuest) (various subjects, some peer-reviewed and full text)
- JSTOR (full text journal articles, 2006 and earlier)
- SocINDEX and Sociological Collection (sociology and social issues)
- PsycINFO (psychology)
- Environment Complete (the environment and nature)
- ProQuest Newspapers (good news coverage; not peer reviewed)NOTE: You will need to login through Anywhere Access if you are off-campus.
Help with getting articles full-text or in print
Evaluating Online Sources
Print Reference Sources, Books, and Ebooks
You will find print sources in our catalog. Please ask the Reference Librarian on duty at the reference desk if you need assistance with finding materials. To search for print materials:
- GIL-Find VSU Library Catalog
- This is our newer catalog, and it's great for searching for keywords, just as you would in Google. Click "Advanced Search" to limit the search to our Reference Collection, and you'll mostly get helpful subject encyclopedias and dictionaries in your results.
- Classic GIL VSU Library Catalog
- Use Classic GIL to find things by subject. Click on "Exact Search" and then "Subject Heading" to search for a subject. If you find one you like, click on the "Titles" link (a number) to get the titles listed under that subject.
Online Reference Sources
- E-Reference Shelf
- Virtual Reference Library (Gale)
- Virtual Reference Library is a collection of online encyclopedias which are searchable in full-text. Use this as a supplement to our print Reference Collection, not as a substitute for it.
Other Helpful Resources
- Scholarly vs Trade Magazines vs Popular Magazines (guide)
- Evaluating Journal Articles (guide)
- Peer Review (guide)
- Paraphrase: Write it in your own words (guide at The OWL at Purdue)
- Evaluating Sources of Information (guide at The OWL at Purdue)
- Annotated Bibliographies (guide at The OWL at Purdue)
- Avoiding Plagiarism and Mastering the Art of Scholarship (University of California, Davis)
- Avoiding Plagiarism (Purdue Online Writing Lab)
- A short video about Plagiarism (and its unpleasant consequences)