Mango for Libraries now offers an option for learning languages through watching films with subtitles and other features. There are currently four films available (one for Chinese, one for Japanese, and two for English for Spanish speakers) and more will be added in the coming months.
Addison's Request button is used to initiate several services. You'll typically need to login to My Library Account after using the button, if you have not already logged in. That way we can connect the item you are requesting to your account and notify you when we've completed our part of the request.
A lot of the library's online resources come as PDFs: articles, ebooks, conference proceedings, and much more. Here are some recommended tools for working with these documents:
The University Libraries subscribe to numerous databases that provide free webinars on using their search interfaces. These webinars can help you become a more efficient searcher or learn about new features of the database. See our list of upcoming webinars you can register for and view from the comfort of your own desk.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) presents theCode of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries (PDF), a clear and easy-to-use statement of fair and reasonable approaches to fair use developed by and for librarians who support academic inquiry and higher education. The Code was developed in partnership with the Center for Social Media and the Washington College of Law at American University.
We now have a poster plotter to which you can print presentations, maps, blueprints, and more oversized print jobs. Prints cost 3¢/square inch (see right column for sample prices). You can print on 24" or 36" wide paper up to 72" in length.
Because there are no refunds for misprinted jobs, we strongly recommend printing only PDF documents (convert any other format to PDF). The Acrobat print window will display exactly how your output will fit on the selected page size and PDFs more accurately show how colors will appear on the paper.
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.
It's the start of a new academic year, and now's a great time to get your laptop ready for using the campus wireless network, our printers, and library-related software.
The Virginia Tech Libraries have expanded access to tools faculty can use in the tenure and promotion process.
Web of Science: Citation Databases from Thomson now include citations for books and conference proceedings, supplementing the tracking of article citation counts this database has long provided. The new Data Citation Index from Thomson Web of Science will provide for tracking of citations for data sets.
We'll soon offer additional information on using altmetrics to track the influence of scholarly output beyond journal impact factors, the h-index, and citation counts.
You can now print from a mobile device like a phone or iPad where you cannot install a traditional printer driver. Printing documents you have on these devices is as simple as emailing them as an attachment to one of the addresses listed below. Before you email a document, you'll need to register for the service.
The Virginia Tech Libraries provide several support options for faculty publishing.
We have eliminated four limiting options from Addison's search screens. These format-based limits, known as scopes in the system, were Journals, Government Documents, Online Resources, and Film and Video Collections. The location-based scopes (Newman Library, Art + Architecture Library, Northern Virginia Center, Special Collections, and Veterinary Medicine Library) remain.
The format-based scopes have become much less useful after a number of other changes have been made in the catalog over the past year. In general, you can use the Material type limiter on advanced (and modify) search screen to accomplish the same goal.
MLA International Bibliography has moved from the Gale platform to ProQuest. This VIVA-supplied database has been supplemented with additional ProQuest hosted literature databases.
MLA International Bibliography from ProQuest indexes citations to journal articles, books, dissertations, and scholarly web sites in disciplines such as language, literature, folklore, linguistics, literary theory and criticism, and the dramatic arts. Coverage includes literature from all over the world and includes citations to materials in many languages other than English. 1926-present. We also have access to MLA International Bibliography from Chadwyck Healey . Both databases contain the same data, so choose a particular platform when you want to cross search other databases on that same platform. For instance, you may want to also search Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts from ProQuest and thus choose MLA on the ProQuest platform, or you may also want to search Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL) from Chadwyck Healey and thus choose the Chadwyck platform.
Literature Online (LION) from Proquest indexes citations, abstracts, and full text of journal articles, reviews and critiques, author biographies, and reference articles, plus full text works of poetry, drama, and prose, and multimedia recordings of works being read or performed. 1280-present.
The library has updated its home page. We've taken your feedback from surveys, emails, comment forms, and more and worked to simplify the links and resources presented on our home page. Here's some change highlights:
Internet Protocol (IP) addresses in the National Capital Region are in the process of being changed. Since the majority of the libraries subscribed resources (databases, ejournals, and ebooks) use IP addresses to determine whether a user has access, until we can update these addresses with our vendors and database providers, users in the affected areas will need to make use of Off Campus Sign In.
Mango for Libraries has added 15 additional languages to its offering, which now number 57 language courses.
The university has made some major changes to the campus wireless network that can make connecting to the network from a variety of devices (laptops and mobile devices) much simpler. The new XpressConnect method will walk you through the authentication process, configuring your device, and connecting to the network. Our limited experience with this method has proven very successful on the devices we've been able to test.
Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) from Gale has added four archives to its collection of 19th-century research, a worldwide, multiyear digitization program which offers rare 19th-century primary sources such as newspapers, maps, and photographs from more than 80 institutions around the world. With the addition of the new archives, NCCO now has eight archives, and the entire program has more than 170 collections.
2012 data has now been loaded into JCR - Journal Citation Reports from Thomson Web of Science . Journal Citation Reports allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from over 11,000 scholarly and technical journals from more than 2,500 publishers. 5It can show you the most frequently cited journals in a field, highest impact journals in a field, and largest journals in a field. Search or browse in JCR Science Edition or JCR Social Sciences Edition.
We now have expanded coverage in the Web of Science: Citation Databases from Thomson . This database and it's three discipline-focused databases Arts & Humanities Citation Index from Thomson Web of Science , Science Citation Index from Thomson Web of Science , and Social Sciences Citation Index from Thomson Web of Science , have long included citations for journal articles from thousands of prominent journals. Now these databases also index citations of books and conference proceedings as well.
Each of these databases allow for cited reference searching that allows you to track a paper's reference backwards in time and how a paper is cited in more recent publications. They also offer extensive analysis and reporting capabilities on authors and institutions that appear in multiple citations.
We now have two new biology databases on the platform (plus access to MEDLINE on that platform) for comprehensive access to citations in biology, agriculture, health, and medicine.
BIOSIS Citation Index from Thomson Web of Science indexes journal articles, conference papers, books and book chapters, and patents on all areas of life sciences including molecular and cell biography, pharmacology, endocrinology, genetics, neurosciences, and ecology. You can perform cited reference searches. 1926-present.
Zoological Record from Thomson Web of Science indexes citations, abstracts, and full text from journals, trade publications, magazines, books, conference proceedings and more in the biological sciences. You can find the first appearance of a species in the literature and track taxonomic and nomenclatural changes. 1864-present.
Data Citation Index from Thomson Web of Science indexes data sets and studies from open and closed repositories, covering the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. It provides detailed records about each data set, offers links to the raw, primary data when possible, and standardizes citations for this material. 1900-present.
The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) has licensed the EZID service to enable digital object producers (researchers and others) to obtain persistent Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for their digital content. CDRS Services will create and maintain DOIs for works that are added to VTechWorks , the university’s digital repository. CDRS does not charge for assigning DOIs
New on Flickr: Photos from the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp P-57, Company 1389, in Hot Springs, VA. Taken by an unknown photographer in the 1930s, these images from Special Collections have never before been exhibited. If you can contribute any information about the people or places in these images, we welcome your comments.
We greatly improved our database search last fall. In addition to finding databases by their titles, we added the ability to search against words in their descriptions, making finding databases to use for various research topics easier when you did not know one to start with. Here's our top searched databases this academic year:
As we approach the end of the semester, you may find you still need to use books you have checked out of the Virginia Tech libraries or books you've received from other libraries through interlibrary loan that are nearing their due dates. You can renew most checked out material online; some material cannot be renewed (Popular Reading books, bound journals, and DVDs cannot be renewed, but you can bring them to the circulation desk to be checked in and out again).
VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia, received funds through the Virginia General Assembly for the purchase of STEM-H (scientific, technical, engineering, mathematics, and health) ebooks. Several packages from two major publishers (Springer and Elsevier) have been obtained. All ebooks published in 2013 in these packages will be added to our collection (currently that includes over 600 ebooks).
None of our ebooks require using an e-reader device like a Kindle or Nook; at a minimum these ebooks can be read through your web browser. However, using ebooks on such a device or corresponding app on an iPad or Android tablet allows using their features, including bookmarking, zooming, and adding annotations.
All of our ebook packages allow you to read their ebooks while you are online through your web browser; no special device like a Kindle is required. Downloading these ebooks so you can read them offline, however, may require additional steps on your part. Most of our ebook providers supply their ebooks as PDFs (often one PDF per chapter). You can download these PDFs just like downloading an online article. You can then keep and use the PDF forever. We purchase ebooks from these providers whenever possible. Not all ebooks work this easily.
The number of ebooks available through the Virginia Tech Libraries has increased exponentially in the last year, to over half a million. Our new E-preferred monograph acquisitions (ebook) policy means that the majority of our book purchases are the online version. The list of titles available to us as ebooks fluctuates every day; publishers' changing title lists and changing platforms means frequent updates to these lists. As a result of these frequent changes, we are no longer including records for these ebooks in Addison, the library catalog. We recommend searches for ebooks (and books and much more) begin in Summon . Summon includes records for almost all of the ebooks available to us through purchased packages, subscription packages, full-text databases, and open access/freely accessible ebooks, plus records for all of our print books, videos, and more from the library catalog. This one-stop database is the most comprehensive source of ebook (and book!) records.
Patrons needing material housed in the NVC Resource Center in Falls Church, Virginia to be delivered to one of our Blacksburg campus library branches (Newman, Art + Architecture, or Vet Med) can now use a new link in the External Links box on the Addison screen for that box. Use the "Blacksburg campus users can request this NVC item via ILLiad" link, log in to your ILLiad account, and submit the filled out form.
Mergent Intellect provides business data and reports, industry news and profiles, executive contact information, plus nationwide residential white pages search.
The EndNote for iPad app is now available for downloading from the iTunes store for $1. The app enables users to easily view, edit, organize, and share bibliographic research material and PDFs on iPad. Using EndNoteSync with EndNote Web and EndNote Desktop (available as a free download to Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff) extends the power of EndNote for iPad and allows for seamless access to an EndNote reference library from multiple devices and platforms.
We now provide a selection of databases (sources of journal articles and ebooks) for Virginia Tech alumni. While most databases are licensed solely for current students and faculty, these select databases, combined with our list of free, scholarly databases and licensed databases from your public library, provide a wealth of academic, consumer, and business publications and data.
ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library provides full-text standards and technical engineering reports in PDF covering a wide range of engineering disciples: aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, environmental, geological, health and safety, industrial, materials science, mechanical, nuclear, petroleum, soil science, and solar engineering. 1931-present.
The Newman Library circulation desk is now checking out device chargers and adaptors for the media:scape stations in the Learning Commons.
Mango for Libraries offers online, self-paced, conversational, language-learning courses, including over 40 foreign languages for English speakers (including ancient languages), plus 16 courses of English as a second language. Once you have created a profile on the Mango site (which will keep up with which courses you have taken and where you left off in any given course), you can also access Mango through their iOS and Android apps. A microphone is strongly suggested for some exercises.
You can ask Text (SMS) questions to a librarian by sending the message to (540) 986-4614. Messages sent during hours when the reference desks are staff will be answered quickly; other messages will be answered when we reopen.
Users with smart phones or devices with internet capabilities will be able to use the links we send. If you connect to the internet over your carrier's network (as opposed to using the Virginia Tech wireless network), you will need to use Off Campus Sign In to access restricted, subscribed resources. Very in-depth questions should be directed to our Ask a Librarian chat or a live phone call.
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