Newman Library has completed a very successful textbook pilot during the fall semester. We pulled over 1,000 textbooks from our collection and placed them on reserve for student use in two-hour time blocks. This service has been very popular and in the first month we had over 2,000 checkouts! We would like to expand our textbook reserves and are asking for your help. At the beginning of each semester, if you have an extra copy of the textbook or can obtain a copy from your publisher please consider placing the textbook on reserve at Newman Library.
The Newman circulation desk now has a bicycle repair kit, containing wrenches, tire levers, a multi-tool, tube patch kits, a bike pump, and contact information for local bike shops for more extensive repairs. Included QR codes will connect your smart phone to online tutorials and videos. Additional repair kits are available at the Squires and War Memorial Gym information desks.
Mergent's Events Data provides on-going updated information on stock-splits, mergers, tender offers, partial/full calls, and name changes in almost real time. You can research 10 years of corporate actions, dividends, fixed income, and unit investment trust data.
The Reaxys database requires logging in with an individual login and password. Users with existing logins will have to re-register via the registration link at Reaxys . Use your VT email address. You will receive a new Registration ID that you should validate. This will give you access to Reaxys and all other Elsevier applications that you have a right to access.
SpringerProtocols is a set of peer-reviewed, reproducible procedures for scientific experiments in the life sciences with step-by-step instructions in HTML and PDF and some streaming videos. 1980s-present.
LandScan Global Population Database from East View is a global population database that shows geographical distribution of population at one-kilometer resolution over an average 24-hour period. Demographic (age, race, sex) and socioeconomic characteristics are integrated with population data to allow integration with risk and impact assessment models
Children's Core Collection from EBSCOhost indexes book citations and reviews for fiction and nonfiction, story collections, picture books, and magazines. 1928-present.
Cabell's Directories of Publishing Opportunities provides information on the journal article publishing process: acceptance rates, style and formats, types of review processed, time required, and other criteria to find the best fit for your manuscript.
provides full-text insurance reports, credit reports, and other in-depth insurance industry information and statistics.
Two more titles have been added to our suite of Mergent databases:
First Research from Mergent provides full-text industry profiles, state profiles, and call prep sheets for sales calls.
Key Business Ratio from Mergent's Dun & Bradstreet provides data on public and private companies, including solvency ratios, efficiency ratios, and profitability ratios.
SAGE Research Methods indexes full-text books, reference sources, the "little green book" series (Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences), the "little blue book" series (Qualitative Research Methods), journal articles, and videos. Since this platform focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used by researchers from the social sciences, health sciences, and more. Full text available in HTML and PDF. You can limit searches by research method type. 1970s-present.
MADCAD indexes full-text building codes, evaluation standards, design standards, and technical bulletins from ASCE, ASHRAE, ASME, ASTM, FEMA, NFPA, and SMACNA, plus state codes from Virginia in HTML and PDF.
Summon has implemented a new way to display and link to content that exists only as a citation in its database (as opposed to those available in full text). Currently this includes many records provided by Web of Science and ERIC (and soon MLA International Bibliography) which previously would have linked to these sources, even though the full text of these articles is not available in these databases. Now Summon will show an intermediate screen [above] that displays the full citation and record details, including the source for this citation (as a link so you could go to that database for further searching). Included on this page will be a Request button that will display the familiar Get VText screen, where you can manually search for the full text or request it via Interlibrary Loan.
Google Scholar has changed access to its advanced search options. From the default search look for the down-arrow on the right side of the search box. Use that arrow to reveal the advanced search options, including phrase searching (you could also use quotes), author searching, limiting to particular journals, and limiting by publication date.
Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) from Gale indexes the full text of newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, maps, diaries photographs, statistics, and other kinds of documents in both Western and non-Western languages as HTML and PDF, plus some image formats. Subject areas include British politics and society, religion, education, Asian diplomacy with Western countries, economics, and English, French, and German literature. 1789-1914.
Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present indexes citations and full-text biographical and critical material for over 800 British women writers, including literary, social, and historical materials. Early medieval-present.
ProQuest Statistical Insight (formerly LexisNexis Statistical) indexes statistical information produced by U.S. federal agencies, states, private organizations, and major intergovernmental organizations. PQSI provides descriptive abstracts, detailed indexing, full-text PDFs of source documents and tables, and downloadable table data in spreadsheet formats. 1970s-present.
The Folio/Oversize collection of books too large to fit on our regular shelves has moved from the first to the fifth floor. These are sorted in call number order, and like most books in Newman, can now be requested in advance to be pulled and held for you at the Circulation Desk.
RAND State Statistics indexes data from all 50 states (some down to the city or county level) in areas of business and economics, quality of life, education, energy and environment, government finance, health and socioeconomics, and population and demographics. Data can be downloaded in spreadsheet formats. 1960-present.
The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research indexes questions and response data from public opinion polls and academic surveys. Polls are available in HTML and PDF; data sets can be downloaded as text or SPSS files. Many results can be viewed as interactive cross tabulations. You must create a profile and sign in to access data sets. 1930s-present.
You can renew books via text message. You must have opted in to the service first. You can reply to a courtesy notice or overdue notice sent to your cell phone, or send a message directly to the library's short code phone number (35143) with the text
renew to renew all eligible items on your account (use My Library Account to renew individual items). You will receive one of two responses:
Most of our journal subscriptions supply the full-text articles as PDFs. Now also supply articles as ePUB and Mobi ereader formats that can be downloaded and moved to your device. ePUB is a format widely used by ebook readers and mobile devices like the iPad or Sony Reader. Mobipocket is mainly used on Kindles. Unlike PDFs, these formats allow using features of the ereader, like resizing the text, annotations, and bookmarks. You will find the download option for ereader formats on the right side of the page, below the article abstract.
Three databases from the Africa Knowledge Project index the full text of articles, reports, dissertations, short stories and folktales, plus audio and music files on Africa and the African diaspora.
The American National Biography Online from Oxford provides HTML full-text biographical entries and over 2,700 illustrations on 18,700 men and women -- from all eras and walks of life -- whose lives have shaped the nation. It includes access to The Oxford Companion to United States History encyclopedia with entries on all aspects of American history.
The ACS Symposium Series provides full text ebooks (each chapter is a separate HTML page or PDF) covering agriculture, food chemistry, organic and polymer chemistry, and chemical education topics. Each book is peer-reviewed.
The Grand Corpus des dictionnaires [9e-20e s.] contains entries from 24 French language dictionaries published from the 9th to 20th centuries. You can limit searches to grammatical categories, etymologies, historical usage, and quotes and citations. The interface is in French.
Through the efforts of the University Libraries, Virginia Tech is now an institutional member of BioMed Central . This will enable authors affiliated with the university to qualify for a 15% discount on article processing charges for any of over 200 peer-reviewed, open access journals available from BioMed Central.
The Mac version of the printer driver for the library's multifunction printers is now available for download. Simply install the driver to be able to print to library printers from your Mac laptop (or home desktop). The final step of printing will have you enter your Hokie Passport number so that your print jobs will be connected to your account.
Art & Architecture Complete from EBSCOhost indexes citations, abstracts, and some full text from journals, magazines, trade publications, and books covering all aspects of art and architecture. It also includes a large image collection. 1901-present.
The Virginia Tech Writing Center has moved to Newman Library's second floor learning commons, just past the elevators. It is a free service for all Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff, at all levels.
In conjunction with the Newman Book Runners faculty delivery service, beginning January 17, 2012, Interlibrary Loan materials will be deliverable to participating departments (these are listed in the right column). If you are a faculty member in one of these departments, please contact Interlibrary Loan at 540-231-6344 to request departmental delivery.
We are shortening the time items you request (from storage, from Newman's shelves, from another branch, or as a recall) are kept on our hold shelf from 10 to 7 days. If you do not pick up your held material before this period expires, it will either be returned to its usual location or automatically switched to the next patron who has placed a request for the item.
WilsonWeb was purchased by EBSCO, and databases hosted on the WilsonWeb platform are transitioning to the EBSCOhost platform. This will allow cross-searching with other EBSCO databases. Users with MyWilsonWeb profiles will need to recreate alerts and saved searches using a MyEBSCOhost profile.
Starting January 9, 2012, books in Newman Library with a status of Available can be requested to be pulled and held for you.