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BIOL 5174 - Intro to Grad Studies - Biological Sciences: Getting Started

Resources, techniques, and tools for finding and keeping track of research literature for Biological Sciences thesis, dissertation, and other research projects.

Tips for Using Library Resources

This guide will walk you through resources and services of use to graduate students in Biological Sciences, including: accessing, searching, and using research resources.

Virginia Tech University Libraries:  http://www.lib.vt.edu/

A few tips to get you started:

1.  Don't be afraid to ask for assistance.  Simply contact your librarian directly ------------------------> 

2.  If you're doing research from off campus, make sure you access information sources via the library for Off Campus Access, or use another off campus access option such as the LibX Toolbar.  

3.  If you live outside of Blacksburg and its neighboring counties, find out about VT Libraries Services for Distance Researchers

3.  Use Summon to conduct a Google-like search of most of our library resources.  While it's not a disciplinary database, like the ones that I recommend to you on this guide, it can help you gain a broad overview of a particular research topic or question.  

4.  When searching Summon, Google Scholar, or any of the databases that I recommend, break your research question into keywords, rather than typing in the entire sentence or question.  Click here to read more about strategies for creating good keyword searches.  

5.  Use the Recommended Databases page on this course guide or the Biological Sciences Subject Guide to identify relevant databases to start your research. 

6.  When trying to access articles and other resources, look for the Get VText box:

 

7.  Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) Service - a free service to get journal articles, book chapters (even if we own a copy), books, and more that VT does not own or subscribe to, don't pay to access research sources you need - use Illiad to request materials for free.

Additional VT Resources

1.  Writing Center - "We work with writing and reading assignments from any course in the University. We can also help you with writing projects that are not linked to classes."

------> For Northern Virginia Students: Writing support available via Skype, by appointment only. Email Becky Morrison (beckymor@vt.edu) to make an appointment.

2.  Lynda - Software Tutorials and Training - "Lynda.com is your one stop shop for online tutorials and training in a variety of software suites and programs. Access is free to current Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff."

3. LISA - Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis - "We provide statistical advice, analysis, and education to Virginia Tech researchers by offering individual collaboration meetings, walk-in consulting, educational short courses, and support for interdisciplinary research projects."

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