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  • NLI workshop: Data management for engineering offered Wed Oct 1

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014
    10:00am - 12:00noon
    207 Newman Library
    Led by Chreston Miller
    Register online

    With many funding agencies requiring data management plans, the pressure on researchers to manage their data effectively and efficiently has increased. Despite all the policies in place (new and old), what are some practical approaches for data management that can be leveraged during the research lifecycle? In this session, the instructor will provide data management guidelines for engineering and then engage the audience in an interactive forum to learn about their individual situations and needs and how to address them.

    Sep 23, 2014 4:00 AM
  • NLI workshop: Intro to cloud computing (part 1/2) offered Oct 2/6

    Thursday, October 2, 2014 (part 1)
    Monday, October 6, 2014 (part 2)
    9:30am - 10:45am
    3080 Torgersen (part 1)
    1100 Torgersen (part 2)
    Led by Zhiwu Xie
    Register online (part 1 or part 1 online) and (part 2)

    Part 1 of this course is a brief introduction to cloud computing and what it can do for you as a researcher. We will tour through the key cloud computing concepts, technologies, and implementations such as the IBM and Amazon cloud. We will demonstrate a few typical cloud computing applications, and then discuss its limitations. 

    Part 2 of this course provides hands-on experience to cloud computing. Participants may pick one of the many tasks provided by the presenter, or choose their own tasks, then implement it in a computing cloud. Interested participants will also be provided with cloud computing resources to implement small scale cloud computing projects on their own time

    Sep 23, 2014 4:00 AM
  • PhilPapers database now available

    PhilPapers indexes citations and full text of journal articles, books, personal web sites, and open access archives in philosophy.

    Sep 22, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Matthew Swartz speaks on investigations of spatial experience on Mon Sept 29

    Monday, September 29, 2014
    6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Newman Library multipurpose room, first floor
    Free and open to the public

    Matthew Swarts is a member of the Research Faculty in the College of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. His formal education is in the field of architecture and cognition. His work focuses on the translation of human behavioral patterns and perceptions within real and virtual environments into computer models and simulations to better understand design decisions. He often develops custom hardware sensors, interactive systems, and software applications for capturing occupant behavior, testing human spatial perception in 3D virtual environments, running discrete-event and agent-based modeling and simulation, and performing spatial analysis in the intersections between building information modeling and geographic information systems.

    Sep 19, 2014 4:00 AM
  • NLI workshop: NSF data management plan offered Mon Sept 29

    Monday, September 29, 2014
    9:30am - 10:20am
    1100 Torgersen
    Led by Andi Ogier
    Register for in-person session, online session

    This course will provide a quick overview of the data management plan requirements for NSF grant applications, including an example of a DMP and a brief walk-through of DMPTool.

    Sep 18, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Ancestry Library Edition database on trial through Oct 17

    This database is on trial through October 17, 2014. Ancestry Library Edition is an academic version of It provides genealogical records from the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas of the world. Please provide feedback on this database.>

    Sep 17, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Open textbooks on display in Newman Library

    Students and faculty are invited to peruse a collection of open textbooks on display next to the reference desk on the second floor of Newman Library. Traditional textbooks tend to be very expensive, but open textbooks such as these from OpenStax College have several free online formats (the iBooks are $4.99) and are much cheaper in hardback form (the cost of printing, usually $30-$50). Students interested in reducing textbook costs can take pre-printed information from the display to give to their professors. More information is available in the OpenStax College textbook display FAQ. Our hard copy display should be around for a few weeks, or you can explore the books on the OpenStax website.

    Sep 16, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Free webinars provide tutorials on databases

    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. 

    Sep 09, 2014 4:00 AM
  • New materials for August 2014 posted

    New materials lists for items cataloged in August 2014, have been posted.

    Sep 01, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Tips for new students

    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.

    Aug 24, 2014 7:00 AM
  • Faculty Week: updates on tools for promotion and tenure

    The library has several services to support faculty in the promotion and tenure process. Cited reference searching can help measure your research impact when preparing dossiers for promotion and tenure. We also have tools to determine high-impact journals in which to publish.

    Aug 24, 2014 4:01 AM
  • Faculty Week: How to arrange library instruction sessions

    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.

    Aug 23, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Faculty week: Designing library research assignments

    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.

    Aug 22, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Faculty Week: Publishing support from the University Libraries

    The Virginia Tech Libraries provide several support options for faculty publishing.

    Aug 21, 2014 4:00 AM
  • What's new with the University Libraries

    There's been a lot of changes since the end of the spring 2014 semester:

    Aug 21, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Faculty Week: Material delivery options

    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).

    Aug 20, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Faculty week: Supporting your distance education students

    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.

    Aug 19, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Finding textbooks in library collections

    Each semester, the library receives a list from the bookstore of all textbooks and required readings for that term. We use this list to identify any copies of those books we have in our collection and place those books on textbook reserve. (We do not own every textbook, however.) Faculty may also place personal copies of textbooks on reserve (and students should encourage them to do so). Items on reserve have a shorter checkout period than books in the regular collection, two days for most books.
    Aug 19, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Faculty week: Keep current in your research with alerting services

    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.

    Aug 18, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Faculty week: Placing items on Reserve

    Course Reserves are a means to set aside materials for a class in the library branch of your choice (Newman, Art + Architecture, NVC Resource Center, or Vet Med). These materials have a limited loan period (1 week, 2 days, 2 hours) to ensure access during the time they are on reserve. Materials can include library-owned books, videos, and other items, photocopies, or your personal copies of books and videos. We can also link to online resources like ebooks or articles so that all your required readings appear together on your reserve page.

    Aug 17, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Faculty week: Linking library resources in Scholar

    Copyright law permits some inclusion of articles, ebooks, and other sources for inclusion in a Scholar-hosted course (see our copyright pages for details), the library prefers you link to these sources for more accurate usage statistics, which are important when subscriptions are reviewed. We offer detailed instructions for creating persistent links to these sources.

    Aug 16, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Shifting of collections continue, some collections moving from their traditional floors

    Collections on the fourth floor continue to be shifted and compacted. All call number that have traditionally been located on that floor (Q: science, R: medicine, S: agriculture) have now been shifted to their final location, freeing up much space. The end of the P call numbers (literature) will now start shifting from the third floor to the fourth, starting with the PT call number range (Germanic literature).

    Aug 03, 2014 4:00 AM
  • New materials for July 2014 posted

    New materials lists for items cataloged in July 2014, have been posted.

    Aug 01, 2014 4:00 AM
  • University updating VPN service, may require changes to your configuration

    The current Virginia Tech PPTP Virtual Private Network (VPN) service will be decommissioned soon. Configure your devices to use the new remote access - VPN now, because the PPTP service will not be available once the PPTP service is decommissioned.

    Virginia Tech's remote access - VPN service allows you to access university services as though you were on the Virginia Tech network, such as our subscription databases, ebooks, and ejournals. A VPN connection to the campus network is an alternative to Off Campus Sign In, and can give you access to additional resources, like Network Software's downloadable packages. You can use a VPN connection to the campus network on desktop/laptop computers and mobile devices like iOS and Android.

    Jul 29, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Nineteenth Century Collections Online adds content in the sciences, children's literature, maps, and religion

    Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) from Gale indexes the full text of books, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, maps, diaries, photographs, statistics, literature, government reports, treaties, and other kinds of documents in both Western and non-Western languages as HTML and PDF, plus some image formats. Now includes 12 topical areas from literature to science, politics to religion, and maps to photography. 1789-1925.

    Jul 10, 2014 4:00 AM
  • BrowZine mobile and tablet app provides notification of newly published journals

    BrowZine makes accessing the library's journal subscriptions on your tablet device (iOS, Android, or Kindle Fire) easy. You can add journals to your bookshelf and then get notified when a new issue is published. From that issue's table of contents, you can read and save a PDF of an article. You can also open that PDF in an app that allows annotating it, or you can save the article to a bibliographic manager like Zotero or Mendeley.

    Jul 06, 2014 4:00 AM
  • New materials for June 2014 posted

    New materials lists for items cataloged in June 2014, have been posted.

    Jul 01, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Making of the Modern World database provides economic history documents

    Making of the Modern World from Gale provides digital facsimile images of unique primary sources that track the development of the modern, western world through the lens of trade and wealth. Full-text searching across millions of pages of works from the period 1450-1914 provides researchers unparalleled access to this vast collection of material for research in the areas of history, political science, social conditions, technology and industry, economics, area studies, and more.

    Jun 29, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Mountain People: Life and Culture in Appalachia provides primary sources online

    Mountain People: Life and Culture in Appalachia consists of the diaries, journals, and narratives of explorers, emigrants, military men, Native Americans, and travelers. There are accounts on farming and mining communities, family histories, and folklore, providing a view of the region between Lexington, Kentucky and Winchester, Virginia, and from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Birmingham, Alabama, and the social, political, economic, scientific, religious, and agricultural characteristics of the region. 1700-1950.

    Jun 26, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Sabin Americana database provides primary and early documents in American history

    Based on Joseph Sabin's landmark bibliography, Sabin Americana 1500-1926 from Gale contains works about the Americas published throughout the world from 1500 to the early 1900's. Included are books, pamphlets, serials, and other documents that provide original accounts of exploration, trade, colonialism, slavery and abolition, the western movement, Native Americans, military actions, and much more.

    Jun 24, 2014 4:00 AM
  • ILLiad now uses CAS (PID/password) for login

    Interlibrary Loan's ILLiad request system now uses the university's Central Authentication Service. Users now login to their ILLiad account using their Virginia Tech PID and password (you will no longer need a separate ILLiad account and password).
    Jun 19, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Celebrate 50 years of the Science Citation Index

    Thompson Reuters is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Science Citation Index (SCI), the print predecessor to Web of Science: Citation Databases from Thomson that now offers indexing of article, book, and data citations in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Introduced in 1964, the Science Citation Index radically changed the literature review process.

    Jun 15, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Newman's new book shelf discontinued; strategies for finding newly acquired books presented

    Beginning June 1, 2014, newly acquired print books will no longer be shelved in the second floor commons area. New books will be sent directly to the stacks on the appropriate floor as soon as they are processed. New acquisitions display a status in Addison or Summon of Recently Cataloged, which indicates that the item was processed for the stacks within 48 hours. 

    Jun 01, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Academic OneFile database now available

    Academic OneFile from Gale indexes citations, abstracts, and some full text in the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature, and other subjects. Full text provided in PDF and HTML, plus audio version in MP3. You can limit to peer-reviewed publications. 1980-present.

    May 29, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Library access after graduation

    Congratulations to all of our graduates. We frequently get questions about what happens to library access after graduation.

    May 13, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Remember to turn in items before leaving town

    Remember to turn in any items checked on on your account (library or Interlibrary Loan books, DVDs, videos, or CDs) before you leave town for the summer. Often students forget to turn in items, and then accumulate fines for overdue fees or for recalled books. Check your library account online to see if there are any library items checked out to you. Check your Interlibrary Loan account for ILL items as well.

    May 11, 2014 4:00 AM
  • New materials for April 2014 posted

    New materials lists for items cataloged in April 2014, have been posted.

    May 01, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Library app shelf organizes mobile apps to ease access to library resources

    The library's new app shelf, linked from our mobile website, lists apps and mobile websites for library resources, including full-text databases, journal archives, and utilities like EndNote. From the app shelf, you can install apps for iOS or Android devices, or bookmark frequently used mobile URLs. 

    Apr 23, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Artemis databases allow searching large collections of primary source and literature citations

    Artemis Primary Sources from Gale indexes citations and full text from Gale's Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century digitized collection, including books, manuscripts, newspapers, maps, and early photographs.

    Artemis Literary Sources from Gale indexes citations and full text from several Gale literature databases. Advanced search options include interactive search term clustering and term frequency graphs.

    Apr 20, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Current periodicals moved behind elevators on Newman's 4th floor

    Current periodicals, unbound issues of journals and magazines still received in print in Newman Library, have been moved immediately behind the main elevators on the fourth floor. This locates these issues conveniently near the photocopiers, since unbound journals cannot be checked out.

    Apr 17, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Use cited reference searches to track use of a publication

    Cited reference searching can aid in 

    • Finding current publications on a topic
    • Seeking trends in a research field
    • Identifying top researchers in a discipline
    • Tracking the history of a research topic
    • Tracking your own or colleagues research
    Apr 15, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Science, technology, and medicine primary sources expanded in Nineteenth Century Collections Online

    Part II of Science, Technology and Medicine expands subject coverage in Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) from Gale with an extraordinary gathering of European and British periodicals and American monographs from renowned sources. Collections include Natural History (500,000 pages of monographs from the Huntington Library); The Rise of Public Health in England and Wales (300,000 manuscript pages from The National Archives in England); and Academies of Science Publications (2 million pages of periodicals from Brill).

    The archive supplements other published resources (such as The Making of the Modern World, Parts I & II and Sabin Americana, 1500-1926) and supports enhanced "scientific literacy." Using the archive, scholars will be able to analyze technical and conceptual dimensions of scientific knowledge - from physics to psychoanalysis to macroeconomics.

    Apr 14, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Garden, Landscape, and Horticulture database is now available

    Garden, Landscape, and Horticulture Index from EBSCOhost indexes citations, abstracts, and full-text journal articles, conference proceedings, reviews, books, and recipes. Full text available in PDF and HTML. You can limit to peer-reviewed sources. 1901-present.

    Apr 03, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Vet Med materials moved to storage during renovations, requestable through Addison

    In preparation for the renovations of the Veterinary Medicine Library, materials from that library will be temporarily moved to remote storage. These materials will be requestable, like other remote storage items by using the Request button request in Addison. They can be delivered to the Vet Med circulation desk, any of the other Blacksburg branch libraries, or to eligible faculty department offices. Most storage requests are filled the next business day. Vet Med items in remote storage will keep their usual load periods instead of the shorter storage loan period.

    Mar 28, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Faculty and GTAs: Add the new Library Help tool to your existing Scholar course sites

    Scholar now offers a Library Help link in the Scholar tools menu which will point students directly to library resources and support. To add this to a current Scholar site use the Scholar Site Info tool, click on Edit tools, and check the box next to Library Help tool.

    Mar 09, 2014 4:00 AM
  • SimplyMap allows creating interactive thematic maps and reports

    SimplyMap is a web-based mapping application designed for non-technical as well as advance users to create thematic maps and reports using a variety of demographic, business, and marketing data. There are more 75,000 data variables related to demographics, employment, housing, market segments, businesses, consumer spending, brand preferences, and public health.

    Mar 07, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Archives of Soviet newspapers now available

    The University Libraries have licensed the online archives for two important Russian/Soviet era newspapers: Izvestiia and Pravda.

    Mar 04, 2014 4:00 AM
  • SAGE Research Methods Cases trial provides access to methodology case studies

    This database in on trial through May 1, 2014. SAGE Research Methods Cases provides full-text case studies in HTML and PDF about methodological concepts in practice. Each case study has learning outcomes and discussion questions to guide understanding. Please send feedback on this database to Leslie O'Brien or your college librarian

    Mar 02, 2014 4:00 AM
  • New materials for February 2014 posted

    New materials lists for items cataloged in February 2014, have been posted.

    Mar 01, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Black Studies Center database now available

    Black Studies Center from ProQuest provides the full text of essays, journals, newspapers, dissertations, and abolitionist papers, plus citations and abstracts for fiction, poetry, and literary reviews from black periodicals and newspapers. It includes videos of oral history interviews from African Americans who have made significant contributions to history and politics, education, law, the creative arts, science and medicine, business, the military, and sports.

    Feb 26, 2014 4:00 AM
  • New materials for January 2014 posted

    New materials lists for items cataloged in January 2014, have been posted.

    Feb 01, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Virginia Tech Libraries partner with SCOAP3 initiative

    Open access continues to rapidly grow in importance within scholarly publishing. Interest in broadening access to information in the field of high energy physics (HEP) has led to a unique initiative, with the full support of CERN, called SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics). This partnership involves libraries around the globe working with publishers and learned societies to convert several key HEP journals to open access, all at no cost to authors. Nearly 400 articles have already been made available since the start of the program earlier this month. These will be included in the SCOAP3 repository which will launch in February 2014.

    Jan 30, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) provides videos of experimental techniques

    JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, is the world's first peer reviewed scientific video journal. Established in 2006, JoVE is devoted to publishing scientific research in a visual format to help researchers overcome two of the biggest challenges facing the scientific research community today; poor reproducibility and the time and labor intensive nature of learning new experimental techniques.

    Jan 22, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Newman establishes one-stop location for research assistance

    Do you need help finding sources for your paper or project? Do you have a citation but can't find the original source? Do you need help focusing your research topic? If you answered yes to any of these questions or have any others regarding help with research, please note the library now provides a one stop service desk to help you out. All research and reference questions can be asked in person at the second floor research desk , over the phone at 540-231-9232 or via the Ask a Librarian service. You can also contact your subject librarian directly.

    Jan 19, 2014 4:00 AM
  • Smithsonian archive adds to browsable magazine collections

    A new subscriptions to Smithsonian Collections Online adds two photograph-filled publications to our browsable magazines. Smithsonian Magazine and Air & Space Magazine have been published since 1970. The interface allows browsing of each issue, page by page, with advertisements, full photographs, and sidebar columns, unlike many journal sites.

    This subscription complements our earlier one to National Geographic, which allows for similar page-by-page browsing.

    Jan 05, 2014 4:00 AM
  • The library uses several means to notify you

    There are many cases when the library needs to notify you:

    • A book ready to pick up
    • An interlibrary loan is ready to download
    • A book is coming due
    • A book is overdue
    • Fines to pay
    • Material you have checked out has been recalled

    We use several methods to communicate these cases to you.

    Jan 05, 2014 4:00 AM

Newman Library fall hours

Sun: open 9:00am*
Mon-Thu: open 24 hours*
Fri: close 8:00pm
Sat: 9:00am - 8:00pm

* During 24 hour operation, a valid Hokie Passport is required to access or remain in the library between 12 midnight and 7:30am.

Current semester hours

Art + Architecture Library fall hours

Sun: 2:00pm - 10:00pm
Mon-Thu: 8:00am - 10:00pm
Fri: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Sat: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Current semester hours

NVC Resource Center fall hours

Sun: Closed
Mon-Thu: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Fri: 11:00am - 7:00pm
Sat: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Current semester hours

Veterinary Medicine Library fall hours

Sun: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Mon-Thu: 7:30am - 11:00pm
Fri: 7:30am - 5:00pm
Sat: 9:00am - 6:00pm

Current semester hours