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 so that you can help students and teachers get to GALILEO resources quickly and easily.

*Linking to GALILEO*
First, let’s talk about linking to the entire GALILEO site. Here are the links to use for GALILEO:
GALILEO High School: http://www.galileo.usg.edu
GALILEO Teen: http://www.galileo.usg.edu/teen
GALILEO Kids: http://www.galileo.usg.edu/kids

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 only need their GALILEO password when accessing these links from home.

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*
If you would like to link to kids and teen magazines (see a list in this post), hobby magazines (see a list in this post), or professional publications for educators (see some in this handout) or for media specialists (see ideas here), you can use the persistent link to magazines and professional publications that you can find in most EBSCO databases, such as MAS Ultra, Middle Search Plus, and Professional Development Collection.

To find these links,
1) Log in to the database (e.g., MAS Ultra) (If you don’t know what database the magazine is in, just go to Magazines A-Z in the High School view and search for the magazine title.)

2) Go to the Publications link at the top of the EBSCO database

3) Type the title in the Browsing Publications search box (e.g., School Library Journal)

4) Click the Browse button to see a list of magazines

5) Select the magazine you want by clicking on the title

6) In the upper right corner, choose Alert/Save/Share.

7) The popup window will provide a persistent link (EBSCO calls it a permalink) to the publication (By the way, in this popup window, you can also create an Email Alert to receive emails when a new issue of the magazine is added to the database.)

*Linking to Articles*
Most databases also offer persistent links to articles in the citation information for an article. These are helpful if you want to provide a list of articles for students to use for a project or research assignment or if you or a teacher want students to include a link to the article in their citation.

To see these persistent links to articles,

1) Search the Digital Library of Georgia or an EBSCO (e.g., History Reference Center or Middle Search Plus) or a Britannica resource (e.g., Compton’s or Britannica High School) for a topic of your choice

2) Click an article title to see the citation information for the article.

3) Look for a permalink or a persistent link in the article information (EBSCO has a permalink to the right of the article; Britannica has a pre-formatted citation and persistent link at the bottom of the article.)

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

Keep up with GALILEO news through the email list (it’s low-traffic).

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 August 2, 2012, in GALILEO. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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