POLS 1101 Arambula
POLS 1101, Prof. Arambula, Spring 2013
This webpage connects you to resources to assist you in your research.
- Anywhere Access
- Log in to Anywhere Access to use library resources while off-campus.
- Live Chat
- The Live Chat page brings together every possible way to contact a Reference Librarian. Contact methods include online chat, text message, email, phone, or visiting us in person during normal reference desk hours.
- Schedule a research consultation with a librarian for in-depth help
- With this online form, you may request an appointment with a reference librarian for assistance with your research. We request 48 hours' notice to allow time for scheduling.
Search Techniques and Strategy
- Boolean, Truncation & Wildcards (guide)
- This guide will help you learn advanced searching techniques.
- Constructing a Search Strategy (guide)
- This guide takes the techniques described in the previous guide and helps you search more effectively with them.
- Getting Your Hands on the Articles (guide)
- This guide helps you find full text articles, even if they are not included in your specific database.
- Further Library Guides (and help)
- GIL-Find@VSU—searches for books and other materials by keyword, title, author, subject, and other fields.
- GIL-Find Tutorial (guide)
- GIL Universal Catalog—expands the Classic GIL@VSU catalog to search for and request books from all University System of Georgia libraries. GIL Express allows you to have those books delivered to any USG library within 3-6 days.
- GIL Universal Catalog / GIL Express (guide)
- The GIL Universal Catalog allows you to search for library books across the University System of Georgia. GIL Express allows you to have those books delivered to any USG library within 2-5 days.
- eBooks—the box on the left hand side of the page has links to eBooks by ebrary and Safari.
- WorldCat is a catalog for library holdings throughout the world. You can search for a particular book here and find detailed information about it, which you can then use for Interlibrary Loan (ILL) forms. While using this FirstSearch version of WorldCat, you can click on the "Find It" button within a record and then send WorldCat information to our ILL system automatically.
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.
Online Reference Sources
An example of an online reference resource (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
Finding Databases to search for Scholarly Articles
- Go to the library home page.
- Click on the Articles tab, if it is not already selected.
- Click the arrow for the drop-down menu located under Articles & Databases by Subject to view a list of subject pages for VSU majors.
- Select the subject you are interested in researching. The subject guide will give you list of recommended databases.
Scholarly Articles & Peer Review
- Is the article peer-reviewed? See our guide on Peer Review.
- Use Ulrich's to determine if a journal is refereed (peer reviewed). Look for the referee's shirt!
Recommended Databases for finding articles about government, politics, and current affairs
- 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)
- PsycINFO (psychology)
- ProQuest Newspapers (good news coverage; not peer reviewed)
- Environment Complete (the environment and nature)
- ABI/INFORM Complete (articles about business)
- Business Source Complete (articles about business)
- SocINDEX and Sociological Collection (sociology and social issues)
- Legal Collection
- LexisNexis Academic (good news, legal, and business coverage)
NOTE: You will need to login through Anywhere Access or know the GALILEO password if you are off campus.
Help with getting articles full-text or in print
Please look at these four articles for the quiz: