Translational biology, medicine and health (TBMH): Getting Started

For the Translational Biology Medicine and Health program

Newman Library

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

Quick Links to:

Virginia Tech | University Libraries   

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Library

Your Librarians

Erin M. Smith, Health Sciences Research Librarian at VT University Libraries | erinsmith@vt.edu 

540-231-5663

Rita McCandless, Head Librarian, VTCSOM Library mjmccandless@carilionclinic.org 

540-526-2570

Quick Tips

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 sign in to the Central Authentication System (CAS) to have access to our print and online resources.  Also, check out these other cool resources for our extended users.   

3. Use our Discovery Search to conduct a Google-like search of most of our library resources.  

4. When searching Discovery, Google Scholar, or any of the databases that we 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. When trying to access articles and other resources, look for the Get VText link or icon. 

 

6. 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 Resources for You

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."
  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. Statistical Collaboration at VT -  "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."