What are Research Databases?
Research databases are collections of information sources and are valuable tools for academic research. Use research databases to find articles in scholarly journals, popular magazines, newspapers, reference works, and other sources unavailable on the open web. GSU Library's research databases also contains e-books, streaming videos, and links to highly reputable websites.
How do I get to GSU Library research databases?
Use your GSU Username and password to log in. (Same as iCollege log in.)
Watch this video tutorial to learn to use GSU Library research databases effectively.
GSU has many research databases, including GALILEO databases. GALILEO is a collection of databases shared by libraries in the state of Georgia. The Discover tool allows you to search many of these databases and the GSU catalog at one time. It can be a great place to start your research, but aware that it does not include all of GSU's databases.
Try the Discover Search here! If off campus, you will be prompted to enter the GALILEO password.
(You can use Discover without the password from the Library Homepage)
Things you should know about the DISCOVER Tool:
Why NOT to use the Discover Search (use individual databases instead):
For most databases, you will need to log in using your GSU username and password. (This is the same username and password you use for PAWs and iCollege.)
Some databases require that you select your institution first, so select or type in Georgia State University.
Other databases have special instructions, like setting up an individual account. Find your database by name in our Databases A-Z list to see if a database has special instructions.
You can use the library catalog (GIL-Find) without logging in, but you will need to log into your library account to request items, see what you have checked out, and other features specific to you.
To locate more databases that pertain to your particular topic:
Sometimes you have a specific journal or article in mind, or your instructor may assign an article. The simplest thing to do is to look for the title of the article, in quotes, in the Discover search, as shown below...but this doesn't always work.
The more thorough way to do it, is to look at the citation, like this one....
and locate the title of the journal. It's usually the part in italics. (I've highlighted it in the example above.)
Then go to the Journals tab on the library homepage and search for the journal by title. Be sure to choose if you want e-journals only or all journals (e-journals and print journals).
From the resulting list, choose the title of the journal and you'll see a list of databases that contain that journal. Notice which, if any, include the date of the article you want, and click on the title of the database to search for the article.
From here.....Depending on the database....