Answered By: Mary Ann Cullen
Last Updated: Sep 12, 2016     Views: 1110

Georgia State University Library has many information databases for your research, all accessible through the GSU Library homepage.  From the library homepage, you can use the GALILEO Discover basic search, select a specific database by name, or go to a list of databases by subject.  You can also go to the "Journals" tab to see if GSU Library has a specific journal title.

You can also use the GALILEO interface to search many (but not all) of these databases. There are several ways to search GALILEO from the GALILEO interface.  These include the Discover Tool, Browse by Subject, Databases A-Z, and Journals A-Z.

To get to the GALILEO interface, go to GALILEO through iCollege (No password is needed if you use the GALILEO link at the top of the iCollege homepage.).  You can also find a GALILEO link under "Search Collections" tab on the GSU Library homepage or go to and log in with the GALILEO password.

The Discover Tool is the search box on the GALILEO homepage.  When you search in Discover, you will get search results from many, but not all, of the databases in GALILEO as well as the library catalog.  The Discover Tool also includes an Advanced Search with more search options.  Discover is great for multi-disciplinary topics and often provides a fast way to get to information on a topic. However, many times you will get better results by searching individual databases, either through Browse by Subject or Databases A-Z (more on that below). If you know you want print books, DVDs, other other physical items, you can limit to "Library Catalog Only" or search in the GIL-Find library catalog.

To use the Discover basic search:

  • Think of some key words that describe your topic and enter them in the search box. (Just include the most important words; do not write a complete sentence or question.) Here's an example:Discover search example
  • After completing your search, use the limiters on the left side of the search results Limiters in GALILEOpage to narrow your results by type of resource (e.g. e-book or article), date range, and main subject.
  • You can also click a box that narrows your results to "full text," meaning only articles that you can open in GALILEO. (Articles that are not full text may be available in print or by requesting an interlibrary loan.)  
  • You may choose to limit your search results to the GSU Library if you are looking for books, DVDs or other physical items in the library. (Not for articles.)
  • If you are not finding what you need, try altering your search terms or try searching GALILEO another way. Remember you can ask a librarian for help -- that's why we're here!

The Discover Advanced Search gives you more search options:

  • Multiple search boxes allow you to combine search terms in more complex searches.
  • Drop-down boxes allow you to specify that your search terms are the title, author, or major subject of the item you're looking for.
  • You can narrow by discipline, date, particular journal title, and many other details before you search. (You will still have limiters after searching.)
  • You can change the way GALILEO searches. For example, you can choose to limit your search to the major descriptors of the articles instead of looking within the full text of articles in the "Boolean/Phrase" search mode.  This type of search requires that you connect your search terms with Boolean Operators.

Browse by Subject helps you identify the best databases (and sometimes recommended websites) for your subject.


  • Use the menu (not the Discover search box) to locate the subject area that best fits your topic.  
  • For each subject, there is a list of recommended databases, along with a description of that database. (Note that they are in alphabetical order, so the best database for YOU might not be the first one.)
  • Click on the database to access that database, then you can search in that database.  
  • Each database functions a little differently, so look for information about different databases on our Tutorials page or Ask a Librarian for help.


Databases A-Z allows you to see all the databases and recommended websites available at GSU.  Use Databases A-Z when you know the specific name of the database you want to use. Search for the database in the all databases list, by clicking on the first letter of the database, or entering the name or subject of the database in the search box (not the Discover search box). 

Databases A-Z search

Journals A-Z will help you find a particular periodical (journal, magazine, or newspaper) by title.  If the full text of articles in that periodical are available in GALILEO, you will be provided a link to the database, along with the dates of the periodical included in the database.  If no full text is available, you will still be provided with links to search in the library catalog for a print copy and an option to request articles from the journal through Interlibrary Loan.

Journals A-Z also has a Find a Cited Article option that allows you to enter more details about a specific article, then will help you find that article.

For more information, see our GALILEO video tutorials on YouTube and videos from the GALILEO Support Team.


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