In order to access the library's full-text resources from off campus, you will be automatically prompted to sign in and authenticate yourself as affiliated with Virginia Tech via 2-factor authentication, as long as you start your search on the library's website, or configure Google Scholar to show Get VText links. There is no need to do anything in advance to ensure access.
Everyone who is a current employee of the university or currently enrolled student should have access. You can check your current affiliation through OneCampus.
When you search in a library database like Discovery Search, a ProQuest database, or Google Scholar and find citations that are not available as full text inside that database, you should see a Get VText button or link. The Get VText system will show what kind of access we have to the item in question: full-text, online access; print access to material in one of our libraries; or links to request a copy through interlibrary loan. It also automatically authenticates users who are off campus. Extended campus users can have print materials mailed directly to them or have portions scanned via Interlibrary Loan.
Connecting your Google Scholar account to VT Libraries can ensure that you have easier access to the full text of sources owned by VT Libraries when you're using Google Scholar. To do so, follow the steps below:
1. Start at scholar.google.com and click on Settings.
2. Click on "Library Links" from the selections on the left.
3. Search for Virginia Tech and then select "Virginia Tech - Get Vtext" (the one with the lowercase 't' in Vtext). Then Save.
Your search results will now display Get VText links that make use of the library's subscriptions and will authenticate off campus users automatically. You can also view the video below for directions.