CS 3604 Research Resources: Getting Started

Search Google Scholar!

Google Scholar will connect you with VT Libraries resources--look for the "Get VText" link to the right of each item that you find through Google Scholar.

Tips for Using Library Resources

This guide will walk you through the process of searching for, selecting, accessing, and using the research resoruces that you need for CS 3604, and beyond!  

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, make sure you use the Off Campus Sign In option.  

3.  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.  This engine 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 still use limiters to narrow your search results by the format, date of publication, peer-reviewed, and availability online. 

4.  When using Discovery Search, 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 Computer Science subject guide to identify relevant databases. 

6.  When trying to access articles and other resources, look for the Get VText box:

 

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