Academic research is is a multi-step process that doesn't always go in a straight line; you may find yourself returning to previous stages as you refine your topic. You'll also need to become familiar with the different types of sources required for your research project.
Library research is is a multi-step process that doesn't always go in a straight line; you may find yourself returning to previous stages as you refine your topic.
Screencasts are brief videos that demonstrate uses of library databases and other resources.
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.
Listed here are webinars offered by database, ejournal, ebook, and other library resource companies (as opposed to ones we offer ourselves). Anyone can sign up for these webinars and view them at your own desktop. (You'll want to verify you have the necessary software to view and participate in the webinar.) Some provide the webinar audio through your computer's speakers of headphones, other require you to call into a phoneline.
You can come across some confusing or new terminology when using the library and its resources. This list of terms and definitions can help that understanding.