PSYC 1101 - Wilson - Fall 2023

Why this is important!

Galileo is your one-stop-shop for library research!

Need a quick overview of Galileo and the Library website? Check out the quick video for lots of tips and tricks.

Then pop over to the search box and get started, or check out the specific databases recommended below. 

What is Galileo?

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Google or Galileo?

Searching on Google is like shopping at a thrift store: you need to sift through a lot of junk to find those few great treasures. Searching for articles using Galileo is more like shopping at the Gap: less hunting and better high-quality resources.

Here are a few tips about Galileo:

  • High quality resources- professionally published and curated for research
  • Paid for by the library - all you need is your GHC login
  • Easy to find quality information
  • Identifiable authority and reliability, for the most part
  • Results are based on your search terms

And here's how an internet search can be different:

  • Anyone can post content on the web about anything, so you need to be very careful about what sites you use
  • Scholarly sources are available, but you're often asked to pay for them
  • Sometimes it's difficult to focus your search, so harder to locate good information
  • Hard to determine authority and reliability of sources 
  • Results are ranked by an algorithm that includes website popularity and sponsorships.

GHC Libraries Search

Search for articles and more in databases @ GALILEO:

Go to: GALILEO  |   Databases by Subject   |   Find a Journal  |  All Databases A-Z


Search for books, ebooks, DVDs, periodicals, and more @ GHC or other libraries:

Go to: Advanced Search @ GHC  |  e-Book Help Guide

Special e-Book collections: Popular reading @ Overdrive  |  Health sciences resources @ R2


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What not to use....

What not to use....

 There are some important things you need to know about articles and databases.

GALILEO is chock-full of information, but some of its contents would not be appropriate for college-level work.  For example, you would never want to use the following in any assignment requiring scholarly or peer-reviewed sources:

  • Book Reviews
  • Encyclopedia entries
  • Dictionary entries

Why do I point this out?  Because these kinds of results can often appear in your searches, and you need to be able to recognize them.

For book reviews, look in the first few sentences for things like a book title with an author, or phrases like "this is a review of the book Blah Blah Blah"  Sometimes in the basic citation link - even before you click into it - you will see the words "book review".  Just say NO!

Encyclopedia and dictionary entries are even easier to spot.  Look at the citation link for the words "encyclopedia" or "dictionary."

All this is to remind you to PAY ATTENTION to what you're reading!  If you make sure you have excellent sources right from the start, you'll have a much easier time when you get down to writing your paper. 

Get Started With Galileo

Useful Databases

Information on Psychologists!

Information on Theories!

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