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Listed here are guides to finding information in particular formats.

  • Audio books

    Here is a list of audio books on cassette. (Note that this lists includes interviews and other non-book materials.) Equipment for listening to these cassettes is available for use in Newman Library. Check out headphones from the Circulation Desk.

  • Audio resources

    The libraries subscribe to a number of databases that provide audio resources: streaming and downloadable music, spoken word recordings, and text to speech reading of article content.

  • Bibliographies

    Bibliographies are lists of sources used to write a publication. You may want to find a bibliography on a topic because 

    • The sources listed have already been vetted by the author of the list
    • The list may include unusual source you would not be able to find through traditional means
    • The list may be more comprehensive or cross-discipline than you could find in a subject-specific database
  • Book reviews

    A book review is an article that is published in a newspaper, magazine, or scholarly work that describes and evaluates a book. Keep in mind while searching for reviews of a book that many books are published each year, only a small fraction of them are reviewed. Reviews are written for different purposes and they will vary in terms of content and depth of evaluation. Since reviews are printed in many different kinds of publications, you may need to search several sources.

  • Business, company, and industry information

    Business, company, and industry information, including scholarly articles, financials, and reports can be found in a number of online databases and print reference sources.

  • Congressional hearings

    In response to questions regarding the availability of congressional hearings online through GPO Access, GPO staff have prepared the following report on the current status and future plans at GPO for providing hearings electronically.

    All congressional hearings are not centrally available on GPO servers at this time. This is due in large part to the fact that committees from the House and Senate do not provide GPO with all hearings to place on GPO servers. Also, there is frequently a delay between the receipt of hearings in hard copy and their subsequent availability online through GPO Access. Below, we outline five ways for users to find congressional hearings on or through GPO Access, and also present some enhancements currently being developed to further improve the ability of customers to access congressional hearings.

  • Ebooks

    The Virginia Tech Libraries has subscribed to a number of ebook packages, giving us access to hundreds of thousands of books online. (Since these are paid subscriptions, be sure to use Off Campus Sign In before attempting to connect to an ebook outside the campus network.) Most of our ebooks can be found through Summon —that is the best place to start a search for ebooks. All allow reading the ebook through the browser, and many allow downloading for offline reading or transfer to a mobile device or dedicated ebook reader. Most of our ebooks are PDFs, and thus require no additional software to view. See each entry for formats and restrictions.

  • Foreign language learning materials

    The University Libraries has a number of foreign language learning materials, including books, CDs, and software. In addition, our collections include international literature titles in the original language and translated into English. We also offer titles on American Sign Language.

  • Journals

    The Journal Title Database includes four types of links:

    • Links to complete full text journals, browsable by their tables of contents. At present, more than 8000 titles are available. Some titles are also available in paper copies in the library.
    • Links to intermediary databases (Academic Search Complete, Factiva, LexisNexis Academic and many others) which, with additional searching, may provide full text for a limited selection of articles. At present, approximately 30,000 links for titles indexed by these databases are available.
    • Links to Addison records for print copies of journals in Newman, the branch libraries, or Storage.
    • Links to Addison records for microform copies of journals in Newman Library.

    Do not attempt to use this resource as you might use a general Internet search engine. It does NOT provide subject or topic keyword access to articles or journal contents.

    For example, a search on TV and violence will not supply articles or citations on the subject of TV and violence.

  • Manuscripts

    Manuscripts are a type of primary source material. They provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence of events and experiences—both public and personal, and are created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events or conditions documented. While primary sources may either be published or unpublished, manuscripts are unpublished primary sources. Manuscripts include diaries, journals, letters, correspondence, family papers, scrapbooks, business or other institutional records, legal documents, architectural drawings, oral histories, or photographs.

  • Maps and atlases

    The map collection at Virginia Tech, the largest in the State outside of the Washington, D.C. area, is divided into two primary collections. Original historic maps are located in Special Collections on the first floor of Newman Library. A Guide to the Map Collection in the Special Collections Department, inventories the collection. The majority of maps are housed in the maps section on the first floor of Newman Library.

    Topographic coverage of the U.S. and foreign areas produced by the U.S. Geological Survey, Defense Mapping Agency, Australian National Mapping Agency and others form the backbone of the collection. Other important map series include maps of the Census Bureau, CIA, National Geographic Society, National Forest Service and the National Park Service. The collection is rounded out by an extensive collection of state and city road maps, raised relief maps, reproductions of historic maps and views, and nautical and aeronautical charts.

    Several digital mapping resources are available. Software and data for map creation, such as ArcView (for Arc Info formatted data files), LandView (for TigerLine and other U.S. government data files) and Map Expert (for roadmaps of the U.S.), are located in Port, Torgersen 3300. Additional digital mapping resources can be found on the Maps, GIS, and cartographic data page.

  • Microforms

    Microforms are non-circulating photographic reductions of print materials produced in the interest of saving space,obtaining or preserving rare or heavily used materials, or providing duplicate copies. Newman Library has a microforms collection numbering near 6 million items, including prints of books, magazines, newspapers, and engineering and technical reports.

  • Movie reviews and criticisms

    A movie review is an article that is published in a newspaper, magazine, or scholarly work that describes and evaluates a movie. Reviews are typically written by journalists giving their opinion of the movie. Some reviews include score (4 out of 5 stars) or recommendations (thumbs up). Since reviews are printed in many different kinds of publications, you may need to search several sources.

    A movie criticism is written by a scholar or expert in film studies to discuss the movie within a historical, social, political, or theoretical context. It differs from the opinion or recommendation that a movie review provides in terms of length, content and focus. Criticisms can be found in cinema studies journals as well as discipline-specific sources, depending on the plot or themes of the movie.

  • Movies

    The Virginia Tech Libraries own thousands of movies on DVD, VHS, and laser disc. Most are located at the Newman circulation desk; a few are in the branch libraries. Instructors can book a movie in advance to show in class.

  • Pleasure reading books

    While the University Libraries at Virginia Tech are primarily focused on serving the research needs of the university community, we still provide a number of pleasure reading books and popular literature.

  • Primary sources

    Primary sources are first-hand accounts of an event or discovery. Primary sources were either created during the time period being studied or were created at a later date by a participant in the events being studied (as in the case of memoirs). Primary sources include autobiographies; letters; emails; diaries; speeches; interviews; laws; treaties; raw data that has been collected; works of literature, art, or music; and newspaper accounts of events by an eye-witness. You should know the name or people or organizations, the dates, and the places involved in your research topic before attempting to find primary sources.
  • Reserves

    Enter all or part of the name, last name first.

    Browse instructors with reserves

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    Type as much or as little of the name or number as you wish.

    Browse courses with reserves

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  • Speeches and transcripts

    Speeches and other oral communications on topics such as politics, history, science and business can be vital sources for research. Often you will be looking for transcripts of these speeches as opposed to recordings of the speech itself. The library also has sources for transcripts of radio and television programs, particularly news programs. When accessing text of speeches or programs, be sure to check if the text is a summary, except or the full transcript of the speech or program.

  • Streaming videos

    We have several sources for streaming videos that can be shown in class or assigned for viewing by students anywhere.

  • Tests and measures

    Tests and measures can include any type of instruments (quantitative or qualitative) that can be used in research. We have multiple search tools, databases, books, and reference materials that can aid you in finding the best instrument for your research.

  • Textbooks

    Each semester, the library receives a list from the bookstore of all textbooks and required readings for that term. We use this list to identify any copies of those books we have in our collection and place those books on textbook reserve. (We do not own every textbook, however.) Faculty may also place personal copies of textbooks on reserve.

  • Theses and dissertations

    A dissertation (also called thesis or disquisition) is a document that presents the author's research and findings and is submitted in support of candidature for a degree or professional qualification. Theses have been published at Virginia Tech since 1903. Theses and dissertations have been submitted electronically since 1996, with most of these freely available online. The Virginia Tech Libraries owns few theses or dissertations published at other colleges and universities; expect to obtain most of these documents via interlibrary loan. In addition to the search tools referenced below, most subject specific databases (like PsycInfo, Sociological Abstracts, and Engineering Village) will provide citations for theses and dissertations in their covered fields.