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The University Libraries would like to welcome new students to Virginia Tech: freshmen, transfer students, and new graduate students. We have a lot of services and resources to offer you during your career here at Virginia Tech. Here are some tips and frequently asked questions (and answers!) for new students.
The Virginia Tech Libraries is looking forward again to working with students on using our wealth of collections, resources, and services for their assignments and research projects. It's easy for instructors to set up sessions where college or instruction librarians can provide instruction tailored to these assignments and projects.
Designing library research assignments for undergraduates can be a complex process. Many instructors make assumptions about their students: experience in doing research projects in high school or freshman year, familiarity in using online search tools, knowledge of potential sources like newspapers, magazines, and academic journals, and an understanding of how knowledge is organized. Instead, students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and may have had little or no exposure to the research process.
The Virginia Tech Libraries provide several support options for faculty publishing.
There's been a lot of changes since the end of the spring 2014 semester:
Faculty have several options to have library materials delivered (not to mention the enormous amount of materials available online in your office, classroom, home, or travelling).
The library provides a range of services to support distance education students taking classes at a remote site or through an online class and to faculty who work outside Blacksburg (Graduate Centers, Extension offices, ARECs, Equine Medical Center, etc.). We strive to give these remote users a similar experience to our Blacksburg patrons.
A wealth of academic information and data is published every day. Keeping up with all these new publications can be a daunting task. At one time, librarians regularly flipped through new journal issues, comparing contents against index cards submitted by faculty listing areas of interest and typing up bibliographies of potential matches. Now alerting services (also called current awareness services) can provide such lists automatically. Alerts can be sent from publishers, article-indexing databases, or third parties that combines these sources.
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