Answered By: Robert Sebek Last Updated: Jan 12, 2015 Views: 68
The Virginia Tech Libraries provide many sources for finding information about many subjects. The best approach to take when researching a topic in the library would be to consult a librarian or staff member at a reference desk.
The Reference Desk is located on the second floor of Newman Library. Nearby computer workstations are available for guided research. A Ready Reference collection is also located there to answer quick research questions. The larger reference collection is located nearby.
There is an online chat service called Ask a Librarian for hours when it isn't convenient to visit the library. Your question can be instantly answered by an operator during the hours the service is staffed or answered via email as soon as the service is next staffed.
Subject specialists are available for consultation, especially if you have an in-depth question which cannot be answered by staff at the Reference Desks or by the Ask a Librarian service. A link to subjects and the librarians with the expertise in that area may be found on the Subjects Guides. Telephone numbers and email addresses appear there. Selecting the specific subject link from the list will take you to the specialist's recommended sources for that field of study.
The Library has access to a large number of databases which allow you to look for citations of periodical articles or book chapters (and sometimes provides the full-text of the articles online) by keyword or subject. The database page lists databases by title and also provides a listing of databases by subject. Because of our contractual agreements with the providers of these databases, their use is restricted to Virginia Tech affiliates. Visitors to our campus may use computers in the Library to access these databases.
We have a number of online tutorials to help you get started with academic research on all levels, from freshman classes to graduate courses. Screencasts can guide you through using Summon, Addison, or many of our online databases.