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What Does It Mean to Make Your Work Publicly Accessible?

This video will help scholars at Virginia Tech understand new regulations on making federally funded work publicly accessible, what these regulations mean for you, and how the University Libraries can help. Public access policy guide: Questions? Contact the Libraries: OSTP memo explaining new policy:

Introduction to Records Management

This video covers the basics of records management at Virginia Tech. For more information, visit or contact

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 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.

Database Search Log

Use this search log to keep a record of your database searches. Keeping a record of searches helps improve your searches over time and reduces the stress of trying to remember what you searched from session to session.

Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses | Evidence Synthesis Series

Learn the basics of various approaches to evidence synthesis, with a focus on systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

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.

Transitioning a Poster from Google Slides to PowerPoint

Learn how to transition a poster designed in Google Slides to PowerPoint.

APA Style Basics, 7th Edition

This handout is a brief guide to the basics of citing sources using the 7th edition of the APA style manual, released in October 2019.

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.

Create and Collaborate at Newman Library

Join therapy dogs Moose, Derek, and Wagner as they explore the studios at Newman Library and make their virtual reality dreams come true.

Connecting Google Scholar to VT Libraries

This video will walk you through the process of connecting Google Scholar to the University Libraries at Virginia Tech.

Examining APA Citations (7th edition)

An interactive tutorial that examines the elements of APA citations. Includes a brief quiz and resources for further exploration.

Introduction to Proposals

This video defines proposals and related components in addition to covering why they are important, who should write them, and when they should be written. It was created for the Advanced Research Skills Program and included in the module Writing Successful Proposals.

Introduction to Poster Development

This video describes research posters and explains why, when, and how students could consider creating posters. It was created for the Advanced Research Skills Program and included in the module Sharing Your Research.

Getting Started with Zotero

A self-paced, 30-minute tutorial introducing the basics of Zotero.