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Information Skills Modules (ISM)

Going beyond how-to demonstrations that segregate subject-matter learning from research skills, Virginia Tech's Information Skills Modules lead users through the thinking processes required for effective, efficient research in today's complex worlds of information. The flexible, modular design means that you can work with just one segment, any topical module, or the whole package. We invite you to contribute to the growing collection of instructor and learner resources on the ISM site.

Faculty can use ISM

  • As a point of departure for small assignments. For example, one might ask a group of students to conduct an online discussion applying the segment on assessing the reliability of sources (in Module 5) to a course reading.
  • To provide the mile-markers students must pass in order to make progress in a term-long research project.
  • As a text to complement what they and/or instructional librarians teach in class about finding, retrieving, assessing, and applying information from traditional and electronic sources.

Newman Library tour options

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. Locations and services are highlighted, and the tour takes about an hour. You can use your mobile device or check out an iPad from the Circulation Desk.


Newman Library summer hours

Sun: 9:00am - 10:00pm
Mon-Thu: 7:30am - 10:00pm
Fri: 7:30am - 8:00pm
Sat: 9:00am - 8:00pm

Current semester hours

Art + Architecture Library summer hours

Sun: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sat: Closed

Current semester hours

NVC Resource Center summer hours

Sun: Closed
Mon-Thu: 11:00am - 8:00pm
Fri: 11:00am - 6:30pm
Sat: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Current semester hours

Veterinary Medicine Library summer hours

Sun: Closed
Mon-Thu: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sat: 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Current semester hours