Social Explorer provides quick and easy access to current and historical census data and demographic information. The easy-to-use web interface lets users create maps and reports to illustrate, analyze, and understand demography and social change. In addition to its comprehensive data resources, Social Explorer offers features and tools to meet the needs of demography experts and novices alike. From research libraries to classrooms to government agencies to corporations to the front page of the New York Times, Social Explorer helps the public engage with society and science.
Artstor provides high quality images of visual media like paintings, photographs, architecture, sculpture, decorative arts, and other forms of visual culture. It provides tools to create, manage, and present collections of images. Prehistoric times-present.
While Artstor has traditionally supported academics in art history, architecture, and design fields, it has a breadth of content to support a range of disciplines.
Last spring, we removed access to library resources through the VPN to stay in compliance with contracts with these resources' vendors. Remote access to databases, ejournals, ebooks, and more was only available through Off Campus Sign In.
The university has now reconfigured the VPN so that everything is in full compliance with our licenses. The library has worked with publishers to reinstate VPN use.
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 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.
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).
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 Canvas- or Scholar-hosted course (see our copyright pages for details), though 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.
Author identities are a solution for uniquely identifying authors, who can publish under multiple names (including maiden names), have similar names and initials, and be cited in different ways with different citation styles. By connecting publications with these unique identities, authors can reduce ambiguity and ensure proper citation counts and other metrics, improving their research impact. Author identities work like DOIs for digital objects.
Of course, there are several competing tools, though they are beginning to work together to cross-walk their profiles among their competitors.
Please note that users with @vt.edu email addresses are currently unable to receive emails from the site for the first tool, orcid.org. We are currently working to resolve this.
Citation data for articles published in 2014 has been added to JCR - Journal Citation Reports from Thomson's InCites .
Several new EBSCOhost databases are now available to Virginia Tech users through the efforts of VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia. Some provide indexing and abstracting of journal articles in a variety of social science fields, others provide full-text access to numerous journals, ebooks, and reference material.
The library's staff is aware of phishing emails concerning access to Off Campus Sign In asking you to enter your PID and password.
We remind you never to enter your PID/password (or other VT credentials) on non-vt.edu sites, including library database sites. Look at the address bar in your browser and verify the site you are using ends with .vt.edu.
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 Web of Science Core Collection, composed of Science Citation Index from Thomson Web of Science , Social Sciences Citation Index from Thomson Web of Science , and Arts & Humanities Citation Index from Thomson Web of Science , now includes citations back to 1900 (from our previous start date of 1975).
Turfgrass Information Center indexes citations and abstracts for books, articles, conference proceedings, dissertations, extension publication, and association reports on all aspects of turfgrass. 1895-present.
The suggested books from LibraryThing service in Addison, the library catalog, has been upgraded to offer many more suggestions, helpfully categorized to make finding additional readings easier.
LibraryThing is a social book service where users list their collections and discuss, review, and tag books. We leverage this vast collection of data about books to display enhancements in the catalog.
The LibraryThing book recommender has long listed related books to the one you are viewing in Addison, showing a mix of books by the same author, books in the same genre, books with similar user-supplied tags, and other connected books using user-driven data. Now these recommendations have been categorized and display with book covers. We hope these new feature lead you to some interesting reads.
Ancestry Library Edition is an academic version of ancestry.com. 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.
The U.S.Congressional Serial Set, part of ProQuest Congressional , is a series of reports and documents published by Congress. It's called the Serial Set because it was published in serial fashion, meaning that there are now more than 15,000 volumes in this series. This online collection will replace many print and microform materials in Newman and remote storage. The searchable database, and the searchable PDFs contained within, should be much more user friendly for patrons using this collection.
The libraries recently subscribes to the online version of Rosetta Stone, and this has replaced the installed versions available through the Language Resource Center. This online version requires logging in with a PID and password, meaning access by members of the public is no longer possible.
Our subscription to Mango will end on January 31, 2015. However, the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library (and many other Virginia public library systems) makes Mango available to library card holders. We strongly recommend users of Mango take advantage of this resource.
We also offer a number of Pimsleur audio CDs for learning a variety of languages that can be checked out from the circulation desk.
The University Libraries will be removing support for access via the VPN (Virtual Private Network) to restricted resources such as ejournals, ebooks, and databases. We have upgraded the Off Campus Sign In proxy service to ensure compatibility with corporate, public school, and military networks that previously blocked the proxy. Off Campus Sign In will be the only way users outside of the campus networks will be able to access these resources.
Essential Science Indicators from Thomson's InCites is the ideal resource for conducting complex analyses of scientific literature so you can easily discover the information you need to:
JCR - Journal Citation Reports from Thomson's InCites still provides journal metrics like the impact factor and eigenfactor. It now offers additional analyses such as comparison of multiple journals and visualizations of journal relationships. You might use JCR to determine potential journals in which to publish or to gather data for the tenure and promotion process.