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What It Means to Be a Researcher | Introduction to Academic Research

Learn how to conceptualize your role as an investigator and recognize how context and information need influences your approach to research.

How to Curate a Writing Portfolio | Curating a Writing Portfolio

Learn the basic practices of curating a writing portfolio: collecting, selecting, connecting, and reflecting.

Writing Portfolios for Self-Discovery and Self-Presentation | Curating a Writing Portfolio

Learn about crafting two different kinds of portfolios: learning portfolios and showcase portfolios.

Keeping Track of Portfolio Artifacts | Curating a Writing Portfolio

Learn file management strategies at the file, folder, and drive level.

Using the Stases for Rhetorical Analysis | Rhetorical Analysis Using the Stases

This video introduces an ordered series of questions that must be addressed to resolve a controversy, collectively known as the stases: first-order questions of fact, cause, and definition and second-order questions of action, value, and jurisdiction.

Using the Stases for Reflective Practice | Rhetorical Analysis Using the Stases

The stases are an ordered series of questions used to analyze sticking points in an argument or controversy. In this video, learn how to use the stases for reflective practice.

Applying the 5Ws

This video describes a tool - 6 question words - that can help you critically analyze artifacts like news articles, speeches, social media posts, TV shows, movies, and music.

Three Digital Literacy Myths

Are digital natives automatically digitally literate? Is digital literacy just about technology? Is digital literacy a replacement for traditional literacy? Discover the truth behind these myths in this video.

Composing in Multiple Modes

How can different modes of communication be used to reach an audience more effectively? This video will help you find out.

How to Write Effective Peer Review Comments

What's the difference between higher-order and lower-order concerns in peer review, and how can I write effective peer review comments? Find out in this video.

What It Means to Be a Peer Reviewer

Is being a peer reviewer the same as grading my classmate's work? Am I supposed to proofread their paper? This video will cover the role of the peer reviewer.

Three Myths About Peer Review

Do good writers get it right the first time? Can my classmate really give me good feedback on my paper? In this video, we'll dispel common myths about peer review.

Where to Look: How to Choose a Search Tool

Learn about various search tools available through the University Libraries at Virginia Tech and when you should consider using each one. Download the second file linked above to access a screenreader-friendly version.

Topics vs Research Questions

This video covers the difference between topics and research questions and how they may change over the course of a research project.

How to Find and Check Out a Book

Join Moose the therapy dog as he finds and checks out a book at Virginia Tech's Newman Library.

Developing a Topic

A video about starting research and developing your topic into something that will be interesting and manageable.

Using Different Databases Successfully

An interactive tutorial demonstrating the commonalities among many databases.

How to Find Books in the Library

A guide to finding books in the library based on their call number.

Keyword Basics

Learn the basics of developing keywords for database searching.

Developing Keywords

Learn how to create keywords from a research topic.

From Keywords to Database

A video demonstrating how to build a search statement.