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.
The therapy animals from VT Helping PAWS are returning to the second floor lobby of Newman Library from 6:00pm to 7:00pm on Thursday, September 18, 2014. Come take a break from studying to pet and hang out with these friendly balls of fur and their vet school handlers.
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.
Graduate and undergraduate students at Virginia Tech are encouraged to apply for one of two available travel scholarships to OpenCon 2014, the student and early career researcher conference on open access, open education, and open data to be held on November 15-17, 2014 in Washington, DC. The scholarships cover travel expenses, lodging, and some meals. One scholarship will be awarded to a graduate student, and the other will be awarded to a graduate or undergraduate student.
Creating passionate student researchers is the goal of many courses and workshops at Virginia Tech. This session highlights findings from Project Information Literacy, a long-term research project that studies how students engage in research and how faculty can enhance this process. Specifically, session participants will come away with 10 specific ideas for facilitating better student research skills and habits. This session will also identify and explore opportunities for faculty to collaborate with librarians, a natural partnership in the endeavor to enhance student research skills.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to all of our graduates. We frequently get questions about what happens to library access after graduation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cited reference searching can aid in
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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