Encourage GALILEO Usage by Linking to GALILEO Resources on Your Media Center Site

Chain Link Sculpture, Berlin

Did you know that you can link directly to GALILEO databases from your media center site – and that your teachers can link to them from their classroom pages as well? Did you know that you can also link to magazines and many articles? Let’s take a look at how you can do this.

*Linking to GALILEO*
First, let’s talk about linking to the entire GALILEO site. If you just want to use one link to GALILEO, the best URL to use is the main URL: http://www.galileo.usg.edu
When your students click this link while in the school building, GALILEO automatically recognizes your school system and allows them access (and if it doesn’t, let us know). If your students are at home, this link will just ask for their GALILEO password, and they should then be able to access any of the GALILEO databases without entering another username or password.

*Linking to Databases*
Every GALILEO database has an Express Link, which you can use on any website to take students directly to an individual database. The best thing about using Express Links is that students can access resources at school or from home. At home, they will only need their GALILEO password.

You can see a list of all of your Express Links in the High School view under Databases A-Z > Express Links. Please note the GALILEO policy related to the use of Express Links.

*Linking to Magazines*
To link to the journal or magazine of your choice in GALILEO, just go to Magazines A-Z in the High School view, search for the magazine title or a keyword, choose your title, and then copy the persistent link from the bottom of the Find It @ GALILEO page. See our handout for step-by-step instructions (the instructions use the Scholar view, but it works the same way in High School > Magazines A-Z).

If you would like ideas for magazines and journals to which you can link, we have a list of education journals and magazines on the Presentations and Materials page as well as publications mentioned in these three previous posts.

*Linking to Articles*
Finally, you can create links to articles in many GALILEO databases. There are two ways to do this. First, when you find an article in EBSCO, Britannica, the Digital Library of Georgia, or other databases, look for a permalink or a persistent link in the article information to use on your site. Or, you can build a link from a citation using the Find Cited Article tool (see this handout with instructions for doing this).

*Learning More*
All of this information has been included in a GALILEO training session. The slide presentation and archive are available in the Self-Guided Sessions section of the GALILEO Training site if you would like to see them.

Keep up with GALILEO news through the email list and the GALILEO Planet News.

As always, if you have questions or comments or need to report any problems, please Contact Us.

Courtney McGough
GALILEO Support Services
Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

Chain Link Sculpture from slideshow bob on Flickr

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Posted on July 26, 2011, in GALILEO and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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