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BIOL 4764 - Microbiology Senior Seminar: Getting Started

Tips for Using Library Resources

This guide will walk you through the process of searching for, selecting, accessing, and using the research resources that you need for BIOL 4764, Microbiology Senior Seminar, and beyond!  

This is not the main library website, but you can easily access that here:  http://www.lib.vt.edu/

A few tips to get you started:

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

2.  If you're doing research from off campus, find out more about Off Campus Sign In options like Google Scholar Settings or the VT LibX toolbar.  

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.  See the Search Strategies page on this guide for examples, or Click here to read more about strategies for creating good keyword searches.  

5.  Use the Biological Sciences Subject Guide or other library subject guides to identify additional relevant databases. 

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

 

Health, Life Science & Scholarly Communication Librarian

Ginny Pannabecker
Contact:
vpannabe@vt.edu
Newman Library, Room 4062
540-231-7980

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