HIST 3000 - Dr. Johnson

Review of Search Strategies and Developing a Topic

Finding Academic Articles

A reminder regarding "peer review" and using Ulrichs to confirm which journals are peer-reviewed.

A reminder about accessing Odum Library materials from off-campus via "Anywhere Access."

General Databases:

Specific Databases:

Using InterLibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) allows you to request articles, books, and other materials from other libraries.  You can use the ILLiad system by logging in with your BlazeView username and password to request articles that should arrive in 2-5 days, or books within 2 weeks.

Dissertations & Theses

  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • OpenDOAR Many universities and research centers are creating open-access digital repositories of their own faculty work as well as dissertations completed by their students.

Reference Materials

You will find print reference sources for literature in both the main reference collection and the "reference alcove."

General online reference sources:

Finding Books

Quick searching:

  • GIL-FIND@VSU Library Catalog—find books, videos, scores, and other items in Odum Library's catalog and easily narrow your results by format, author, language, course reserves, etc. Use Advanced Search for more complex searches combining keywords or subjects. To begin locating primary sources, you can narrow your keyword or subject search by adding the keyword "sources," "personal narratives," or "documents."

Advanced options for searching for books:

  • Classic GIL@VSU Catalog—offers advanced searching in fields such as exact titles, subject headings, and locations such as Reference or 3rd Floor Shelves, etc. Choose the Keyword Search tab for advanced searches, and choose Exact Search to search for exact titles, authors' names, journal titles, etc.
  • GIL Universal Catalog—expands the Classic Gil@VSU catalog to search for and request books from all University System of Georgia libraries. 
  • GIL Universal Catalog / GIL Express (guide)—how to request books from other USG libraries. You need to set up a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to request items from other USG libraries and to check your library account.
  • eBooks—the box on the left hand side of the page has links to eBooks by Netbook, ebrary, and Safari.
  • WorldCat Catalog—searches multiple library catalogs from around the world to locate records for books, websites and internet resources, manuscripts, maps, computer programs, musical scores, films and slides, newspapers, journals and magazines, and sound recordings. You can also narrow a WorldCat search to locate just those items available at Odum Library.

Primary Sources

  • In our GIL-Find and other GIL catalogs, locate diaries, letters, and similar primary sources by adding the subject Sources or Personal Narratives to your search.
  • The VSU Archives collects primary historical research materials, with particular strength in the history of VSU and the surrounding South Georgia region.
  • The VSU Archives also offers the Historian's Corner, a site full of valuable resources for historical research.
  • American Memory Project from the Library of Congress provides free Internet access to numerous documents, images, transcripts, and other materials on the history of the United States

Newspaper Resources

Guide to News Resources available in Odum Library

Electronic Holdings

Microfilm Holdings in Odum Library

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