Use this guide to perform background research to refine a research topic, confirm terminology, and get a general understanding before finding books and articles to support a research project.
Search or browse across six subject encyclopedias and dictionaries, including more than 8,000 entries. References are linked via Get VText.
American at War provides full-text reference articles in HTML and PDF on American wars from the 1500s until 2004. A topic outline assists readers who wish to focus on a particular issue, such as civil liberties, that appears in all volumes.
Some engineering material can be difficult to locate. These reference sheets give general information about the resource as well as instructions on how to retrieve the material from the Virginia Tech library collection.