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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.
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.
The University Libraries have trials of three new databases for patrons to try out and provide feedback on.
This database is on trial through August 20, 2015. provides a summary articles on a topic, plus a curated bibliography of journal articles, book, chapters, primary sources, websites, data sets, and more. Please provide feedback on this database.
Citation data for articles published in 2014 has been added to JCR - Journal Citation Reports from Thomson's InCites .
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