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Library guide for online students

Library services for Online College students and researchers working off-campus.

What to know about getting articles online

  1. If you're not sure where to start, try Discover search. It's the search box on the library home page that searches most (not all) of our books and journals.
  2. Use links on the library site so we can validate you as a GSU student. We'll ask for your campus ID and password for access to some things.
  3. You don't need to go to GALILEO. You get more articles using Discover or the database links, and you don't need a separate password.
  4. Don't pay for articles. If we don't have the article you need, we can get it for you (free) by interlibrary loan.
  5. Online students can request scans of articles. If we have an article in print, you can request it by interlibrary loan and we'll scan it from the stacks. Make sure to include a note indicating that you're only taking online classes.
  6. Ask for help if you need it. We have a lot of options and research can get confusing. We're here to help.

Finding articles: Discover search

GSU Library Search

This is the Discover search you can find on the library homepage. It searches many (not all) of our online journals.

To get full articles, you'll usually need to sign in with your Campus ID.

Finding articles: Databases

For most assignments, it's more efficient to use a library database specialized for your subject area. You'll get a more focused search and find many sources you can't get in Discover.

Go to the library homepage and click the Databases by Subject menu, then select the subject area you're researching to get a list of relevant databases.

Screenshot of the library home page highlighting the database menu


If you're stuck, contact us, let us know what you're working on, and a librarian can help.