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TBMH - Library Resources & Services: Getting Started

For the Translational Biology Medicine and Health program

Tips for Using Library Resources

This guide will walk you through resources and services of use to graduate students in the Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health program, including: accessing, searching, and using research resources.

Virginia Tech University Libraries:

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Library:

A few tips to get you started:

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

2.  If you're doing research from off campus, make sure you access information sources via the library for Off Campus Sign In, 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, the Biological Sciences Subject Guide, or other library subject guides to identify relevant databases and resources to start your research. 

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


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.

  • **This is also how you can request materials to be delivered to the VTCSOM Library in Roanoke.

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 ( to make an appointment.

2.  Lynda - Software Tutorials and Training - " 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."

Your Librarians

Welcome to this library guide with research resources for TBMH, VTCSOM (Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine) students, faculty, and others interested in Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health research information sources! You have 2 main librarians to contact for assistance, as well as others you can reach out to via Ask a Librarian.

Ginny Pannabecker, Health Sciences Research Support Coordinator at VT University Libraries. Contact Ginny at:

VTCSOM Library in Roanoke has additional resources, especially geared towards medical school course content and clinical resources.

Rita McCandless, Clinical Research Librarian, Carilion Health Sciences Libraries, VTCSOM Library can be reached via the VTCSOM Library website or with this contact information: 

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