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Listed here are library web pages that may be relevant to your courses. Remember, if you are also including links to library-supplied resources like articles, databases, ebooks, or journals, you should use the proxied form to ensure access by off campus students.

Library tutorials

http://www.lib.vt.edu/subject-guides/start/
Getting started with academic research provides information on the steps involved in research, from choosing a topic through citing sources, discusses types of information sources, like primary versus secondary sources, and lists general purpose databases, useful for most research topics.
http://www.lib.vt.edu/instruct/glossary.html
The glossary of library terms defines library jargon students encounter during research.
http://www.lib.vt.edu/instruct/plagiarism/
Our plagiarism guide describes what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.
http://www.lib.vt.edu/instruct/tutorials/scheduler.html
The research paper scheduler allows students to enter when their assignment is due and what their topic area is, then it lists the steps involved in research, with suggested resources and tutorials for each step.
http://www.lib.vt.edu/help/portal/search-strategy-builder.html
The search strategy builder teaches students about Boolean logic by asking them to build a list of research concepts and synonyms/related words from their topic thesis.
http://www.lib.vt.edu/help/screencasts/
We offer both locally-produced videos and vendor-supplies videos on databases and other library resources. You could link to an individual video or a listing of videos on a database.
http://www.lib.vt.edu/find/citation/
Our list of citation and style guides include all the major formats and demonstrate citing both traditional and online sources. You could choose to link to a specific format found on this page.

Research tools

http://guides.lib.vt.edu/subject-guides/
The subject guides list databases relevant to a subject area and provides contact information for that subject's librarian.
http://www.lib.vt.edu/find/articles/
Find: Articles lists methods for finding articles on a topic or when you have a complete citation.
http://www.lib.vt.edu/find/databases/
Find: Databases lists the different methods for accessing databases.
http://www.lib.vt.edu/help/get-vtext.html
The Get VText service attempts to connect users to full-text sources when they are not immediately available in the database they are using. Not all sources found in these databases will be available online, and this page explains the different options available for accessing a particular source.


College Librarian program and contacts

College Librarians provide expert assistance with research, purchasing materials and access, classroom assignment design, information skills sessions, and distance education needs. Find their contact information on this page.