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Library tours

Self-guided audio tour

Our primary tour option for individuals is a self-guided, audio tour with a graded quiz that can be used to show attendance for classes that require participation or give extra credit.

The tour consists of 16 different information stops/points, accessible by using a device to scan a QR code. Once scanned using the camera in your mobile device and its built-in reader or a separate app, your device will play an audio track (with some photos/videos) explaining the different services that are offered in Newman Library and how our collections are organized. The audio track at each stop will direct you to the next stop, where you will scan the next QR code.

To take the tour you will either need to use a smartphone or tablet, have access to Virginia Tech's wireless network (we recommend wireless over a cellular data network since several sections of the library get little to no cellular signal), and have headphones or earbuds to hear the narration. If you do not have a suitable device, then you can check out an iPad at the Circulation Desk. Circulation staff will show you how to use their iPads and where to start the tour.

Online tutorials
Screencast videos on a variety of databases and other library resources
Research portal with tutorials on the multi-step process of academic research.
Information Skills Modules are interactive tutorials on the academic research process.
Glossary of library terms gives definitions of words you'll encounter during the research process.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
A searchable and browsable list of questions and answers.

Research paper scheduler