Political science, governance, and international affairs: Graduate students & faculty: take note
Cast wider nets to find scholarly literature
Find, apply, and emulate extended review essays on many topics.
Addressing research topics in broad scholarly domains, the essays in these series summarize trends and controversies in the literature, identifying key authors and works.
- Oxford Handbooks Online Oxford Handbooks Online provides scholarly overviews of topics through in-depth articles. We have access to handbooks in Political Science, Hhilosophy, Psychology, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Physical Sciences, History, Literature, Neuroscience, Sociology, Classical Studies, Law, Linguistics, Religion, Social Policy and Social Work.
- Annual Reviews Annual Reviews publishes comprehensive, critical, primary-literature reviews (HTML and PDF) for 40 scientific disciplines within the biological and medical, engineering and physical, and social sciences including economics. It is a useful starting point for upper level research because it synthesizes the vast amount of primary research literature and identifies the principal contributions in each field. 1939-present.
Identify research resources from around the world.
Many times you will be able to locate copies in US libraries and borrow them at no charge using our ILLiad interlibrary loan system.
- WorldCatThe closest thing available to a full, global library catalog, OCLC WorldCat contains all the records cataloged by more than 10,000 OCLC member libraries, including Virginia Tech. (VT Discovery Search's other name is WorldCat Discovery.) WorldCat indexes hundreds of millions of bibliographic records of books, journal articles, newspapers, magazines, computer programs, maps, musical scores, videotapes, and websites. The most useful versions are
- WorldCat Firstsearch, aka "real WorldCat" to many faculty and librarians because it puts the greatest power in the user's hands. VT only.
- WorldCat.org, which includes a handy location tool for locating what libraries hold an item near any ZIP code. Freely available.
- Literature reviews: an overview for graduate students (from NC State)
Follow the title link from the NCSU guide (and see the license and production credits) or click on the widget to watch on YouTube (which has intrusive advertising).
- Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (from VT Libraries)
Video overview of the different kinds and purposes of comprehensive reviews of research literature. Follow the title link to see the full research guide from VT Library's evidence synthesis unit or click on the widget (inset toward the bottom) to watch on YouTube (which has intrusive advertising).
Research impact and scholarly publication
Virginia Tech's University Libraries supports participation in the scholarly conversation at every stage of the research life cycle, from planning to publishing (including journals and proceedings we host) to curation and archiving ... and even records management services to help university units comply with legal requirements and university policies.
- Scholarly Communication ToolkitWriting, citing, and publishing are part of the larger environment of scholarly communication. This comprehensive guide addresses scholarly publishing, authors' rights and copyright, broadening access to research outputs, research data management, open educational resources, digital humanities, and more. From the Association of College & Research Libraries.
Manage your professional identity and impact
- Tell Your Story: Impact & Engagement (VT)Highlights options for getting your work known, sharing it, and connecting with others. From Rachel Miles, Research Impact Librarian, VT Libraries.
- Research impact guide (from Yale)Thorough guide to ways for scholars to measure, represent, and broaden the impacts of their work. Libguide from Yale University Library, so links from the guide might may not be available to VT users even though Tech has the same resource.
- Metrics Toolkit The Metrics Toolkit provides evidence-based information about research metrics across disciplines, including how each metric is calculated, where you can find it, and how each should (and should not) be applied. You’ll also find examples of how to use metrics in grant applications, CVs, and promotion dossiers.
- Think Check SubmitSimple video, with text, about steps in judging if a journal is an appropriate place for you to publish. Also handy reminders for judging if a journal at hand (or many other information sources) is something you would trust.
- Author RightsGuidance for academic authors about retaining their copyright in their articles
- Why and how should you optimize academic articles for search engines? Tips to prepare your writing so can be found more readily on Google Scholar and many academic databases. See also: Jöran Beel and Bela Gipp and Erik Eilde. "Academic Search Engine Optimization (ASEO ): Optimizing Scholarly Literature for Google Scholar & Co." Journal of Scholarly Publishing 41, no. 2 (2010): 176-190. doi: 10.3138/jsp.41.2.176.
- Perma.cc at Virginia Tech Prevent link rot when you cite a site in your research. VT Libraries is a registrar for Perma.cc, a service to provide archiving of web pages for research purposes. Researchers at Virginia Tech are able to archive, manage, and annotate an unlimited number of web pages with persistent shortlinks for citing, create multiple users with access to the same folders, and receive local support. Perma.cc is built by Harvard’s Library Innovation Lab, and in alignment with its focus on preservation, the service has a contingency plan and is also open source.
VT thesis and dissertation guidance
- ETD Guide for Virginia Tech grad studentsOne-stop source for a wealth of current information about Virginia Tech requirements and recommendations for doing electronic theses and dissertations. Guide address standard vs manuscript formats; VT policies & procedures for submissions; citation and copyright guidance; locating ETDs from Tech and elsewhere; awards for ETDs; and resources on publishers' responses to ETDs.
Find Virginia Tech Electronic Theses and Dissertations, in the VTechWorks institutional repository, whether born-digital or submitted on paper (pre-1997) and subsequently digitized. In some cases authors may impose restrictions on access.
- VT students are responsible for complying with university requirements before submitting their ETDs to the VTechWorks repository. As a repository, VT Libraries does not police the content of ETDs for validity or originality and does not run iThenticate similiarity reports.
Find research funding
- Funding Institutional from ElsevierFunding Institutional allows researchers to search for grant opportunities and provides historical data about awards and related publications. This data can be used to select opportunities that are the best fit and tailor proposals based on past success. Additionally, users can track award trends, find potential collaborators, and improve their understanding of the competitive landscape. Searches can be narrowed down by location, special interest (limited submission, amount greater than $1M, deadline within three months, multidisciplinary, or foundation or private sponsor) and/or by subject area. It includes information on more than 11,000 funding bodies and more than 24,000 active opportunities. Use your vt.edu email address to register for an account.
- Foundation Directory OnlineSearch for information about over 100,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities, or for information about nearly half a million grants. Parent organization, Foundation Center, also provides extensive free, online information about funding and managing nonprofit organizations. 2001-present.