PHIL 4920 Santas
Review of Search Strategies and Developing a Topic
- Boolean, Truncation & Wildcard (guide)—how to use connectors such as AND, OR, NOT and search shortcuts.
- Constructing a Search Strategy (guide)—how to combine search terms for use in online catalogs and databases.
- "Mapping" your topic (guide)—this short illustrative guide suggests ways to consider, develop, and "map" a topic.
- 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, etc.
- GIL-Find Tutorial (guide)
Advanced options for searching for books:
- Classic GIL@VSU Catalog—offers advanced searching in fields such as exact titles, subject headings, locations such as Reference or 3rd Floor Shelves, etc. Also contains a tab for searching Course Reserves.
- 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.
- 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.
- Use the Library of Congress Authorities website to identify appropriate Subject Headings.
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.
- Also, (as mentioned above): GIL Universal Catalog / GIL Express (guide)—how to request books from other USG libraries.
Resources for Philosophy & Religious Studies
You will find print reference sources for literature in both the main reference collection and the "reference alcove."
- Gale Literary Index
- Use the Gale Literary Index to search Gale literature reference books found in the Odum Library Reference Collection. Use the library's online catalog to locate these items. An excellent source for biographical and critical essays.
General online reference sources:
- Use Ulrich's to determine if a journal is refereed (peer reviewed). Look for the referee's shirt!
- If you have a citation, use the black "journals" tab at the Odum Library homepage to search for that title.
Library databases for Philosophy & Religious Studies
- Religion & Philosophy Collection
- ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials
- Research Library
- Getting Your Hands on the Articles (guide)—shows paths to getting articles in print, online full text, or by interlibrary loan request.
Dissertations & Theses
Full text E-books—These sources, which are freely available online, may also be of use to you.
More Help from Odum Library
- Anywhere Access—log in to Anywhere Accesswith your BlazeView username and password to use library resources while off-campus.
- Live Chat —every possible way to contact a Reference Librarian, including online chat, text message, email, phone, or visiting us in person during reference desk hours.
- Schedule a research consultation with a librarian for in-depth help