Choosing a Database
Searching the Database
Finding the Full Text
Getting the Password





This module will explain the various ways of locating information in GALILEO.  GALILEO is a collection of databases that contain millions of articles, as well as books and other forms of information. You may access GALILEO via the GCSU Library's homepage.  Other useful resources located in GALILEO include the electronic version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica and the electronic version of the Oxford English Dictionary. The vast majority (though certainly not all) of GALILEO's databases are available to GCSU students from any Internet connection. For those using the database off-campus, a password is required. Passwords change each semester; you can obtain the latest one by logging onto GIL or PAWS or by presenting your Bobcat card at the Reference Desk on the second floor of the GCSU Library.

The current GALILEO interface allows you to search for information using several different methods. You may search multiple databases from a common search screen. This is known as federated searching. You may also select an individual database using the database's native search features.

The "Browse by Subject" tab on the GALILEO homepage contains a list of broad subject categories. To begin your search, select a category relevant to your topic.  For example, if you are researching the relationship between music and drug use among young people, the Social Sciences section is a good place to start.



When you select one of the broad subject headings, you will get a list of narrower topics from which to choose. Once you click on a topic (such as "Sociology" in the example below) you will be taken to the search screen for that particular subject.


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