Avoid these common problems which usually result in negative research experiences.
A large class looking for one piece of information or researching one topic.
WHY? Resources will disappear quickly- either they will be taken off the shelf or checked out. Both scenarios prevent other students from completing the assignment and they will form the incorrect impression that they will never be able to find information in the Libraries.
Students working from incomplete or incorrect resource lists; assigned materials are not owned by the Libraries; vague topics are assigned or approved.
WHY? students will get frustrated and again assume incorrectly the Libraries do not have the information they need.
Students are sent to the Libraries to find obscure facts.
WHY? A library scavenger hunt or treasure hunt, unless focused on the research process and the use of the information found, is usually an exercise in futility- and students will realize this quickly.
Discuss the research process
Provide students with resource lists
Remember: students will be more confident and willing to use the Libraries and information resources once they have successfully completed your library assignment.
Taken in part from Reference Services - General Libraries - University of Texas at Austin
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.
Sun: Open 9:00am*
Mon-Thu: Open 24 hours*
Fri: Close at 8:00pm*
Sat: 9:00am - 8:00pm
* During 24 hour operation, a valid Hokie Passport is required to access or remain in the library between 12 midnight and 7:30am.
Sun, Dec 8: 2:00pm - 10:00pm
Mon-Thu, Dec 9-12: 8:00am - 10:00pm
Fri, Dec 13: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Sat, Dec 14: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
The NVC Resource Center is closed Tuesday, December 10, 2013, due to inclement weather. More about unplanned closings.
Mon-Thu: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Fri: 11:00am - 7:00pm
Sat: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sun: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Mon-Thu: 7:30am - 11:00pm
Fri: 7:30am - 5:00pm
Sat: 9:00am - 6:00pm