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Doing Research After you Graduate

Visiting University/Research Libraries

Use any academic library anywhere:  It is common practice for academic libraries across the U.S. (and many outside the U.S.) to allow visitors to come in person and use their online databases. Most libraries allow downloads of individual articles, printing, and scanning. Check each library that you would like to visit for access policies and visitor hours.

GALILEO: GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online

GALILEO provides access to library databases. You may have access to GALILEO through more than one place with different resources. For example, your K-12 school and your local public library have access to some databases that are the same and some that are different. You can access both your local public library databases and your school library databases online through their respective websites. The point is to check both websites because GALILEO offerings are different by institution type and sometimes unique to individual institutions. Also, if you live close to a college, you can visit in person to get more databases not offered through your public library or through your K-12 school. For maximum access, check with all the institutions that you have access to.

Here's  more on how it works:

All public K-12  schools, public libraries, and public universities in Georgia have access to a basic package of databases funded by the GALILEO consortium. (Private schools/colleges can participate for a fee.) Beyond the basic package, access provided by GALILEO is tailored by the type of library Thus, the public library, school library, and academic library have different offerings. Additionally, GALILEO provides a list of optional databases that can be subsidized so that individual libraries can forego the subsidized options or choose the ones that are most appropriate. Thus, what is referred to as GALILEO in the K-12, public library, and academic library environment will look different across institutions. Larger institutions within the University System of Georgia typically pay for access to an extensive list of databases beyond that which is offered via GALILEO.

Here's a list of databases available through GALILEO funding. Take note of the "Core Resources for All Communities":

 

Your Public Library

Resources and services at local public libraries are built around the communities that they serve, and thus, often vary greatly. For example, a public library servicing a community with a large number of Spanish speaking patrons will ideally have a large number of resources in the Spanish language. Likewise, access to language learning software and in person language tutoring is popular at public libraries but may not be available at all public libraries. Although public libraries do offer academic resources, the public library collection is generally broader in scope than that of an academic library that serves a specific academic community. 

Still can't get access to a full text article?

Try emailing the author of the article. This is a traditional way to get access when other methods fail. Most authors of academic papers work for colleges/universities and can be tracked down. A basic Google search with the name and field of study may take you to the author's CV or bio page. Oftentimes, the author is happy that someone is reading and using their work and happy to email you a copy of the article.