If you received an e-reader as a gift (or just purchased on yourself), you'd probably like to know if the Virginia Tech Libraries offer any ebooks that can be read on your device. We do, though our various ebook packages contain very little fiction/novels, and none offer downloads formatted specifically for e-readers (many do provide PDFs that can be read on most devices).
Leadership Federal Government provides access to a directory of contact information for federal agencies, employees, and decision makers, including phone and fax numbers, addresses, emails, and biographical information. It allows searching the online federal government contact directory by organization type, acronym or person and discover the depth of our federal government contact directory.
Interlibrary Loan will now send courtesy notices via email when you have a returnable item become due in one week. Some items can be renewed. You will also receive two more notices once an items becomes overdue.
We have acquired 16 ebook series in agriculture, biological science, immunology, microbiology, and neuroscience on the ScienceDirect platform. These series typically publish new volumes every year; for some titles content goes back to the 1950s.
We now have the option to receive Addison courtesy notices via text message on your phone. The following text message notices will be included in the program: courtesy notices for items that are coming due, overdue items, and hold/pick up items.
Summon makes performing scholarly research easier. Because Summon search results are a mix of content from many providers, including records from Addison, the library catalog, major journal publishers, and several scholarly databases, one search can reveal many kinds of resources, whereas prior to our acquiring Summon, many separate searches in the catalog and databases would have been required.
Summon is a new kind of database or library search engine that includes records for books, articles, conference proceedings, theses and dissertations, videos, music, images, manuscripts, standards, maps, and more. We have added all the records from Addison, the library's catalog, to Summon. It indexes citations from over 80% of the journals to which we subscribe. It also has records from other publishers, government agencies, database providers, and the numerous other libraries that participate in Summon. A single search in Summon can return records from all of these sources. It can be related to Google Scholar, though Summon has many advantages over Google Scholar.
Databases hosted on the Web of Knowledge from ISI platform, including Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Biological Abstracts, Science Citation Index, and Social Sciences Citation Index, are now available with an updated interface.
University Libraries have extended the loan periods of books for faculty, staff, and graduate students. Faculty and staff will now be able checked out books for a one year period with up to three renewals. Graduate students will now have a six month loan period on books with up to three renewals. Prior loan rules may be viewed here.
There are two important developments related to SciFinder , the premier research tool for the chemical sciences. First, the client software based version of SciFinder will be discontinued by CAS on June 30, 2011. If you have not yet registered for the new web version of SciFinder Scholar, now would be a great time to do so. Second, a new mobile platform for SciFinder allows researchers to use web-enabled smartphones to access CAS databases via their mobile device. There is no need to download a special app to get started, just login with your SciFinder Web userid and password.
The OCLC reciprocal borrowing program allows faculty from Virginia Tech who plan to visit an institution participating in the reciprocal borrowing program privileges to borrow materials and for on-site usage at these institutions.
The Virginia Tech Libraries have introduced a new kind of library search engine, Summon, today. For many years, researchers have had to search Addison, the library catalog, for books and other reference sources, and then search multiple databases to find articles, conference papers, and reports on their topic. Summon now allows searching multiple formats from numerous content providers in one place.
African American Studies Center from Oxford database is now available. It provides full-text articles from encyclopedias and other references sources, plus primary sources with commentary, maps, charts, and biographies on African and African-American history, culture, literature, education, and the arts.
American History in Video from Alexander Street Press provides the largest and richest collection of video available online for the study of American history, with 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles on completion. The collection allows students and researchers to analyze historical events, and their presentation over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries.
International Studies Copmpendium from Wiley is now available. Published in association with the International Studies Association (ISA), the encyclopedia is a comprehensive reference work for the fields of international studies and international relations. It brings together specially commissioned, peer reviewed essays, written and edited by an international team of the world's best scholars and teachers.
Gale Biography in Context provides nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography. The database is a curriculum-aligned resource that offers media-rich content in context that's updated daily to meet the needs of today’s user.
55" flat panel monitors have been installed in most group study rooms.
The Virginia Tech Libraries have subscribed to the ebrary medical collection of ebooks, which provides over 2400 medical titles. All are now searchable in Addison, the library catalog. Books included in the collection are from a wide range of commercial publishers as well as from sources such as the National Academies Press and the World Health Organization. Some areas of emphasis include communicable diseases, emergency medicine, epidemiology, ethics, history of medicine, informatics, mental health, public health, and toxicology.
Several new reference works from Gale Virtual Reference Library are now available. Each work can be searched or browsed for content, and the entire collection can also be searched as a whole. Most works are encyclopedic in nature, presenting brief articles on a topic that will provide an overview and terminology used in the field, plus a list of references used to compile the entry. These works can be used while you explore a topic and gather background information to refine your research topic.
A nationally influential Black newspaper, the Chicago Defender has featured coverage of "The Great Migration," desegregation of the armed forces, and unrest during the Civil Rights Era. Columnists at the Defender included Walter White and Langston Hughes.
Free-standing, mobile whiteboards are now available for use in the second and fourth floor learning commons areas. They are each double-sided, and measure 4' x6'. Markers and erasers available at the references desks.
We will also be installing whiteboards in each of the group study rooms over the next couple of week.
The Chicago Manual of Style Online , 15th and 16th editions, are now available online in addition to the print copies available in each branch library. The style guide provides a description of the publishing process; grammar, punctuation, spelling, and other usage guidance for writing many kinds of papers and publications; and examples of citations to different kinds of source documents in both the notes and bibliography as well as the author-date formats.