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  • Social Explorer demographic data visualization database now available

    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.

    Dec 07, 2015 4:00 AM
  • Artstor Digital Library provides visual resources for numerous academic fields

    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.

    Sep 28, 2015 4:00 AM
  • VPN access to library resource restored

    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.

    Sep 06, 2015 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 23, 2015 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 22, 2015 4:01 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 21, 2015 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, 2015 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 19, 2015 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 18, 2015 4:00 AM
  • Faculty week: Linking library resources in Canvas and Scholar

    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.

    Aug 17, 2015 4:00 AM
  • Faculty Week: Establish your author identity

    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 email addresses are currently unable to receive emails from the site for the first tool, We are currently working to resolve this.

    Aug 16, 2015 4:00 AM
  • 2015 data added to Journal Citation Reports

    Citation data for articles published in 2014 has been added to JCR - Journal Citation Reports from Thomson's InCites .

    Jun 23, 2015 4:00 AM
  • 13 new EBSCOhost databases now available

    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.

    Jun 22, 2015 4:00 AM
  • Phishing email alert: Never enter your PID/password on a site

    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 sites, including library database sites. Look at the address bar in your browser and verify the site you are using ends with

    Jun 03, 2015 4:00 AM
  • Pronunciator online language learning system now available

    Pronunciator is an online language learning system that offers over 80 languages, plus ESL for 50 non-English languages. Apps for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire can be downloaded and used with the account created on the website.

    May 14, 2015 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 12, 2015 4:00 AM
  • May 11, 2015 4:00 AM
  • BrowZine now integrates with EndNote

    BrowZine for iOS now supports exporting citations and PDFs to EndNote. (Android support will follow soon.) While viewing article PDFs in BrowZine, the export icon now offers EndNote among its citation manager options (Zotero, RefWorks, and Mendeley were already supported).

    Apr 08, 2015 4:00 AM
  • Turfgrass Information Center database now available

    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.

    Mar 11, 2015 4:00 AM
  • New materials for February 2015 posted

    New materials lists for items cataloged in February 2015, have been posted.

    Mar 01, 2015 4:00 AM
  • Suggested book recommendation service in Addison upgraded

    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.

    Feb 10, 2015 4:00 AM
  • Summon database passes 2 billion records

      Summon , the library's discovery database, now includes 2.1 billion records representing over 90 different kinds of content. Over 348 million new records were added in 2014.

    Feb 07, 2015 4:00 AM
  • Ancestry Library Edition now available

    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.

    Jan 30, 2015 4:00 AM
  • U.S. Serial Set now available online

    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.

    Jan 28, 2015 4:00 AM
  • Update on language learning resources available through the libraries

    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.

    Jan 21, 2015 4:00 AM
  • Access to restricted library resources through VPN ending

    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.

    Jan 18, 2015 4:00 AM
  • Essential Science Indicators provides analysis of scientific literature

    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:

    • Analyze research performance of companies, institutions, nations, and journals
    • Identify significant trends in the sciences and social sciences
    • Rank top countries, journals, scientists, papers, and institutions by field of research
    • Determine research output and impact in specific fields of research
    • Evaluate potential employees, collaborators, reviewers, and peers
    Jan 08, 2015 4:00 AM
  • Journal Citation Reports now on InCites platform

    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.

    Jan 07, 2015 4:00 AM