Answered By: Mary Ann Cullen
Last Updated: Aug 29, 2019     Views: 184

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of database is "a usually large collection of data organized especially for rapid search and retrieval (as by a computer)"*  

When we talk about research databases at Georgia State University Library, the "large collection of data" is referring to articles, e-books, streaming videos, images, or other kinds of information resources.  These resources are searchable by title, author, subject, date of publication, and other parameters so that you can easily find the information sources that fit your needs.  You can access all the databases at GSU Library through the GSU Library homepage, including the databases that are part of the GALILEO collection.

GALILEO is a collection of many databases is not just a single source of information; it is a collection of information databases.  You could even say it's a database of databases!  You can use the Discover search to look in multiple databases at once, or you can use Browse Subjects or Databases A-Z to go to individual databases within GALILEO's collection.

Georgia State University Library subscribes to additional databases that are not part of the GALILEO collection, so be sure to look for additional databases for your subject.

For more information about what a database is, watch this "What is a Library Database?" video from RMIT University in Australia.

More GALILEO and Research Database FAQs

Research Databases video tutorial

*Reference: "Database." Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 10 June 2014. <>.


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