The University Libraries website will serve as the main portal for most of your research. From the main website, you will be able to
The databases below all include information that could potentially be relevant to your research topic. Be sure to read the descriptions accompanying each database so that you have a good idea of what type of material is indexed within that database, how far it goes back, and whether or not it is full text.
Use the following Information Skills Module to be guided through the process of creating a powerful search statement that will return relevant results.
Regardless of the type of information you are using, you always need to consider the authority, coverage, objectivity, accuracy, and currency of the information. University Libraries offers you several guides on evaluating information:
Visit the links below for a full listing of and access information about the various style guides and manuals that are available through VT University Libraries. Remember, different societies do revise their standards from time to time, so always check the edition/last update for any guide that you use, whether it's online or a hard copy.
Want some help with building simple (yet correct) bibliographies and in-text citations? Try using a citation manager! You may want to browse through Wikipedia's handy comparison chart to see what's right for you, but University Libraries can recommend:
Schedule a one-on-one appointment with your subject librarian if you have any other questions or concerns. Information for all College Librarians can be found here. Additionally, the 4th floor reference desk (Science & Technology Reference Desk) is staffed during normal library hours, if you have a question that needs immediate assistance. You can drop in, or use our Ask a Librarian system for virtual service. We look forward to seeing you in the library!