Tutorials

POLS 1101 Arambula

Research Basics

Library Website Help

  • Getting Started (video)
    • This video presents an introduction to the Odum Library webpage.
  • 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

 

Using Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Interlibrary Loan allows you to request articles, books, and other materials from other libraries.  You can use ILLiad, our online interlibrary loan system, to get articles in 2-5 days, or books in 2 weeks. 

 

Reference Materials

Finding Sources

Finding Books

  • GIL-Find Tutorial (guide)
  • 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.
  • WorldCat
    • 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. 

Finding Newspaper Articles

Finding Popular Periodical Articles

  • LexisNexis Academic GALILEO icon
    • In the "Search the News" box, click on "Major World Publications" and change it to "Magazines."

Finding Scholarly Articles

Be sure to check out our subject guides on the Library Homepage, which have recommendations for more specialized databases.  Click on "select subject" below "Articles by Subject" to get a list of subjects, and select the subject that best fits your topic. 

Finding Websites

Evaluating and Presenting

These guides will help you distinguish between the different types of information sources, evaluate the sources you find, and present your information in a professional manner.

Types of Sources

Evaluating Sources

Presenting Information

Other Skills / Resources

Finding Books

  • GIL-Find@VSUsearches for books and other materials by keyword, title, author, subject, and other fields.
  • GIL-Find Tutorial (guide)
  • GIL Universal Catalogexpands 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.
  • WorldCat
    • 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. 

 

Dissertations & Theses

Citation Style Help