Getting Started with Academic Research: Developing a Topic

Welcome to the University Libraries at Virginia Tech! The libraries are a hub of research and learning for Virginia Tech, and we are here to help you! Explore the pages of this guide for guidance on beginning your academic research.

Assignment Calculator

When you're given a research assignment, it can be helpful to map out the steps you need to take to successfully complete it. Check out the University Libraries' Assignment Calculator to help you figure out the steps you need to take for research assignments, presentations, and video projects, along with resources to help you along the way. 

Developing a Topic

Developing a topic can be challenging. Check out the video below for more information and tips on developing a topic.

Brainstorming Tools

Some students find it helpful to brainstorm in a visual way. Here are some free tools that can help: