This guide will walk you through the process of searching for, selecting, accessing, and using the research resources that you need for HNFE 4004, 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, you may be prompted to sign in with your PID and password to access full text of subscription content (like Web of Science research database, online journal articles, ebooks, etc.). See the LibX Toolbar / Browser Extension option, Google Scholar Settings, and PubMed Settings options to get the most GetVText full text linking options when using free or open access (non-subscription) research tools.
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 HNFE Subject Guide to identify relevant databases or general HNFE research starting points.
6. When trying to access articles and other resources, look for the Get VText box:
7. Can't get full text of an article, book chapter, or a copy of a book or other material that you need for your research? Request a copy using your ILLIAD (Interlibrary Loan) account - a free library service where we'll scan or borrow items from other libraries and make them available for you as PDFs (articles, chapters) or to pick up and borrow at a library location of your choice (Newman Library, other locations).