CS 5014: Scholarly Resources and Services for Computer Science: Getting Started
Tips for Using Library Resources
This is not the main library website, but you can easily access that here: http://www.lib.vt.edu/
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, check out our guide for Access Off Campus.
3. Use Discovery Search (regular library 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 for tips on getting the most out of your 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: