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Defining Research | Critical Concepts in Academic Research

Learn about the term "research" and the variety of ways in which we engage with research on a daily basis.

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.

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.

Academic Jargon | Critical Concepts in Academic Research

Learn about about the pros and cons of jargon, including how it can help us understand and communicate complex ideas.

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.

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.

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.

Exhibits and Special Collections at Newman Library

A brief overview of exhibits and Special Collections at Newman Library.

Study Spaces at Newman Library

A video overview of study spaces at Newman Library.

Studios and Labs at Newman Library

Learn about studios and labs available for free at Newman Library.

Places to Gather at Newman Library

A video overview of gathering spaces at Newman Library.

Places to Get Help at Newman Library

A video overview of places to get help at Newman Library.

Using a Call Number to Find a Book

Join Moose the therapy dog as he uses Library of Congress call numbers to find a book. This version of the video is not specific to Virginia Tech.

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.

Basic Searching in Discovery Search

An overview of basic searching in Discovery Search at the University Libraries at Virginia Tech.

An Overview of Discovery Search

An overview of Discovery Search at the University Libraries at Virginia Tech.

How to Size a Poster in PowerPoint

Learn how to use PowerPoint to size a research poster.

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.

Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources

A guide to primary, secondary, and tertiary sources in a variety of disciplines.

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.

Anatomy of a Peer-Reviewed Empirical Article

An interactive tutorial designed to teach students how to understand the elements of a peer-reviewed article.

Developing Keywords

Learn how to create keywords from a research topic.