Trial: Westlaw

GALILEO is conducting a trial for Westlaw, a comprehensive online legal research service that can be accessed from any desktop or laptop computer, tablet, or smartphone. The Westlaw database includes primary and secondary legal sources including state and federal statutes, codes, and case law, as well as the American Jurisprudence legal encyclopedia, and law reviews.

During the month of February, Clayton State users can access* Westlaw through the links in this post or the Westlaw Database Trial trial button on the library home page.

Westlaw search interface*

*Off-campus users will need to enter the current GALILEO password.

There are a number of training and support resources available to you as you explore this resource. We recommend starting with this quick reference guide, and moving on to these handouts for additional guidance:

Lastly, after you’ve had a chance to explore, please leave us your feedback on the database trial evaluation form.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions about this or other electronic resources.


January Featured Resource: Classical Music Library

Classical Music Library  is a streaming audio collection of classical music covering major genres and time periods from medieval to contemporary, from choral works to symphonies, operas and the avant-garde. Selections range from the earliest Gregorian chants to works by modern composers including symphonic music, vocal and instrumental music, choral works, and other forms. This growing collection of tracks is supplemented by program notes, composer biographies and images cross-referenced to the recordings. Browse by album, composer, ensemble, genre, instruments, labels, recording date and more.

Featured Composers include Benjamin Britten, Bela Bartok, John Cage, Sofia Gubaydulina, Hildegard of Bingen, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina, Amy Beach and Franz Schubert.

Create your own user account to save clips and playlists. Watch the tutorial to learn more about the using the audio player,

NOTICE: Library closed 12/16

Power will be temporarily turned off in the University Library on Sunday, December. 16. The power will shut off at 7:30 a.m. and remain off for approximately eight hours. The library will close for the day and reopen Monday, December 17 at 8:00am.

Thank you for your patience.

Please visit our website for 24/7 access to electronic resources.


Take the GALILEO survey and win

It’s time for the annual GALILEO survey. For anyone not already familiar, GALILEO, which stands for GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online, is a Board of Regents initiative that allows library patrons across the state to access authoritative, subscription-only information at no additional cost. Clayton State users can access hundreds of electronic databases through the GALILEO portal.


Click the image below to access the 2018 GALILEO survey. This year, one end-user who submits a survey will win a $50 Amazon gift card in a random drawing*.






Thank you in advance for your valuable input and Good Luck!

You can view the results from last year’s survey here: 2017 Survey Report


*Employees in Georgia libraries and media centers, as well as Board of Regents employees, are not eligible for the prize.

Thanksgiving holiday hours

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the library will close at 5pm on Wednesday, November 21, and reopen Monday, November 26, at 8:00am. We wish you all a safe, fulfilling, and restorative holiday.

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. — Melody Beattie

Visit us online for access to electronic resources 24/7.

Veterans & the Library

It’s Veterans Appreciation Week and we’re doing our part to honor and support our student veterans. This afternoon we’re hosting an informal meet & greet in the Veterans Resource Center. No databases or citation talk. This is just a time to relax and get to know each other.

When you are ready to explore what the library has to offer, see below for recommended starting places. We even have a resource guide created especially for our student veterans.

Library Resources for Student Veterans

The library at Clayton State University has many resources that can be useful for student veterans. Beyond books, we have librarians to help with research, spaces for you to study in peace and quiet, and even laptops you can check out and computers you can use on-site.


Our librarians keep up-to-date LibGuides on a wide range of subjects. If you’re wondering where to start, here are a few specific guides you may find useful.

Student Veteran Resources: This is a LibGuide specifically tailored to the needs of student veterans. It has resources for standardized test preparation, links to books on college study skills, and resources on reintegration into civilian life and military-to-civilian employment.

Circulation Desk Services: This LibGuide offers a detailed overview of what the circulation desk, located on the lower level of the library, has to offer. It covers everything from GIL Express and ILL (services that allows students to request books from other libraries) to course reserves (textbooks kept in the library that can be checked out for two hours at a time).

Library Research: This LibGuide is a good place to go if you’re wondering where to start with a research project. It offers insight on such things as finding a topic, keyword searching, and evaluating information.

Reference Librarians

In addition to the librarians’ LibGuides, the librarians themselves are an excellent resource. They’ll be happy to help you with research, and are available via phone, library chat, or by appointment. Below is a list of our research librarians and which departments they represent.

UPDATE: Technical Issues with Infobase Resources

UPDATE 10/19/18: We have taken World News Digest offline temporarily due to technical issues with publisher Infobase. We will let you know here as soon as access has been returned.  If you need an alternate resource you can speak to one of our experts at the Reference Desk. Thank you for your patience!

Infobase, the maker of several library databases, experienced a server crash early this week that prevented access to these Clayton State University resources:

In a statement today, Infobase reported that it has moved content to Amazon Web Services, “which will provide better access and improved performance across all of our sites.”

Access has been restored to our Infobase resources but technical issues are still a possibility.  If anyone has trouble accessing these resources, please contact the library for assistance.

Big Thank You

There are a just few more days left to write a Thank You letter to a U.S. soldier stationed overseas during Thanksgiving. Each year we participate in The Bert Show Big Thank You letter writing campaign which aims to get a Thank You letter in the hands of each servicemember deployed over the holiday. Over the course of previous campaigns, more than a million handwritten letters have been delivered to our troops. But the letters can’t get to their recipients if we don’t write them.

We have made it easy for you by providing paper, writing utensils, and a collection box at the Reference Desk on the Upper Level. Come by this week and show your appreciation for those who sacrifice for us. Letters are due this Friday, October 19, so don’t delay.



October Featured Resource: CQ Researcher Plus Archive

CQ Researcher is a preferred source for original, comprehensive reporting and analysis on issues in the news. Reports include a background and overview of the topic, pro/con debates, a summary of the current situation and future outlook, and a bibliography for further research. CQ Researcher Plus Archive includes full reports dating back to 1923 and new content is added weekly.

Subject areas covered in CQ Researcher Plus Archive include Human Rights, Media, Religion, Social Movements, International Relations, Education, and more.