Military, naval, aerospace, and veterans studies: Essentials -- start here

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This subject guide identifies principal resources for the unique research needs of cadets, ROTC and Corps faculty, and veterans at Virginia Tech.  

Resources listed on this landing page are grouped into Key databases for accessing scholarly and policy literature; Background information sources; Contact information for the subject librarian; and access to Additional information.

Parts of this guide are also available in other subject guides: Data sources for social research; News/journalism/streaming media;  Advice for searching/citing/engaging scholarly literatures;  and Accessing VT Library resources from off campus.

Overviews of military, naval, and aerospace studies

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For background information on international affairs

Social Sciences & History Librarian

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Bruce Pencek
Contact:
Newman Library (MC 0434)
Office #3050
560 Drillfield Dr
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Email is the best way to contact me with questions or appointment requests.

Office hours (walk-in and/or Zoom): T 1-3:00 pm, W-Th 2-4:00 pm (Eastern time), and by appointment.
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(540) 231-2140

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Interlibrary Loan Services

All current Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff, regardless of your location, may request through ILLiad for materials:

  • not owned by Virginia Tech (books, articles from journals and conference proceedings, book chapters, standards, and technical papers)
  • owned by Virginia Tech but are unavailable for use (print books)
  • owned by Virginia Tech and available in print (scans of articles from journals and conference proceedings, book chapters, standards, and technical papers)

We ship requests via UPS to users outside the immediate Blacksburg area (Montgomery, Giles and Pulaski counties).

Articles, book chapters, and many technical papers are delivered in PDF format to your ILLiad account. Occasionally, due to copyright restrictions, a paper copy of an article or standard is held for your at the Newman User Services Desk or sent o the mailing address listed on your account.

Military Times newspapers

The library's Access World News database provides -- and archives -- many news sources, including these service-oriented papers from Military Times.  Coverage is selective and in plain text: Content in the traditional print newspapers is published monthly: web edition articles are released daily .

Access World News also provides a handful of newspapers published on US military bases.

Archives and primary sources

For further documents bearing on military history in broader contexts, see the Historical primary sources online topic guide, especially the cross-search tools in the first box.

Find out about federal government diplomatic & military information sources

Temporary, trial access only -- use while you can

Tech's University Libraries seek user input about possible purchases of online resources; October, February, and  (sometimes) April are the primary trial months. 

Let us know how (if...) a trial fits the research, teaching/learning, and public service missions of the university.  Share your judgments through the short survey linked to each trial blurb and/or more detailed remarks in an email to a subject librarians. If we do not receive favorable comments about products on trial, we will not buy them.

All active trials are listed in a sidebar on the Databases A-Z guide, including their expiration dates and links to online user evaluation surveys.  Here I list current trials of likely interest to the departments I serve.  Hover over (i) icon to see description as it appears on Databases A-Z directory.