Health Sciences: Getting Started
Health Sciences Libraries at Virginia Tech
We offer a wide range of services and support at our three health sciences libraries:
- Virginia Tech Carilion School Of Medicine (VTCSOM) Library (2 Riverside Roanoke),
- Fralin Biomedical Research Institute Health Sciences and Technology (FBRI HS&T) Library (4 Riverside Roanoke),
- Veterinary Medicine (Vet Med) Library (245 Duck Pond Rd. Blacksburg)
Get Started with Topic Overview Resources, such as PubMed Health (clinical effectiveness), MedlinePlus, and more.
VT Libraries has many guides related to Health Sciences. Search all Subject Guides, or try out one of these:
Topic Overview Resources
Top Library Resources & Services
Make the most of library resources & services for your research!
Don't be afraid to ask for help. Simply contact your librarian directly! See health liaison librarian information on this guide, or use the email, chat, or in-person reference desk hours for our Ask a Librarian service!
Use Discovery Search 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.
When trying to access articles and other resources, look for the Get VText box:
Can't find full text or a print copy? Use the VT Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) Service - for 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.
What Is Discovery Search?
Discovery Search includes records for most of the library’s resources: our physical collections, our journal and ebook subscriptions, streaming videos, reports, government publications, and much more. You can use limiters to narrow your search results by the format, date of publication, peer-reviewed, and availability online.
Librarians for Health Research
Health Sciences Library Locations Librarians
Kiri DeBose, Director, Health Sciences Libraries -- health specialization: heads the Veterinary Medicine Library, and has administrative oversight of the VTCSOM Library & Learning Commons and the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute and Health Sciences & Technology Library. Also serves as the liaison to Animal Sciences; subject expertise in veterinary medicine, and animal sciences
Anne Brown, Science Informatics Consultant & Health Analytics Coordinator
Inga Haugen, Agriculture, Life Sciences, and Scholarly Communication Librarian -- health specialization: plants, soils, Extension, ag econ, ag tech, entomology, food science, and biological systems engineering.
Amanda MacDonald, Undergraduate Research Services Librarian -- health specialization: Human Development, Translational Biology Medicine and Health; Interim liaison to Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise