Category Archives: databases

Online Help

You have many options for getting help from Brown Library online:

InfoGuides are a great place to start your research. They contain suggested databases, search tips, videos, citation guidance, and much more. To access a list of our InfoGuides, organized by Subject Area, choose “InfoGuides” from the library’s homepage.

To see a list of article databases, choose “Find Articles” from the library’s homepage and select “Databases.” All library databases and eBooks can be accessed off-campus 24/7 by logging in with your MyVWCC username and password when prompted. If you have trouble with your MyVWCC username or password, contact the Help Desk at helpdesk@virginiawestern.edu.

Interlibrary Loan remains available for Article Requests only at this time. Per state guidance, we will not participate in borrowing or lending print materials. Please contact a librarian if you need assistance identifying research materials. Information on contacting a librarian can be found below.

To see a list of eBooks, choose “Find Books” from the library’s homepage and select “Catalog.” Enter keywords in the search box. From the search results list, you may use limiters on the right side of the screen to limit to full text online and select specific resource types, like book chapters or eBooks.

The library offers a 24/7 online chat/ instant messaging service to help with research questions. Simply click on “Ask a Librarian Chat” on our library homepage to ask a question and get help day or night.

If you need more in-depth help, librarians Katelyn Burton, Dale Dulaney, and Marci Myers are also available to conduct research consultations by appointment via phone, email, or Zoom videoconferencing. Email us at library@virginiawestern.edu to make an appointment for extra help. One of the librarians will respond to requests within 1 business day.

Academic Coaching is available by appointment Mondays 9am-2pm; Tuesdays 11am-4pm. Other times may be available upon request. Submit a Tutor/Coach Request form https://virginiawestern.edu/vwforms/tutor-coach-request-form/ to make an appointment.

Online STEM Center: Visit our Zoom room Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. You can find the link in Canvas in the Student Resources section.

Cyberlab: Visit our Zoom room Sunday-Saturday, 2pm-9pm. You can find the link in Canvas in the Student Resources section.

One-on-one tutoring is available by appointment, submit a Tutor/Coach Request form https://virginiawestern.edu/vwforms/tutor-coach-request-form/ to make an appointment.

Online Writing & Research Center: Submit your paper for review Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm by following the instructions at https://www.virginiawestern.edu/learning/link/onlinewritingcenter.php. After we complete our review, if you would like a follow-up Zoom session to discuss your paper, email writingcenter@virginiawestern.edu.

Current students can also receive free online tutoring for all subjects 24/7 through Brainfuse. Log into the MyVWCC portal and choose the option for Brainfuse to sign in. Then, choose the topic & subject you need help with and you’ll be matched with an online tutor. Click Connect to begin working with your tutor right away. Brainfuse also includes flashcards, practice quizzes, and study guides that can be accessed 24/7 online.

New semester, new look

Welcome back to campus! We’ve been busy this summer updating our website and policies.

  1. You’ll notice some changes on our website. We recently migrated to a new version of InfoGuides. Click on the InfoGuides link in the left sidebar of our homepage to check out the fresh new look.
  2. Our Database list has also been updated. You can search for your favorite database, sort by alphabetical order, or browse databases by subject area. Check out the changes under the Find Articles link in the left sidebar of our homepage.
  3. Thanks to your feedback, we’ve changed our food policy. We will now allow snacks and drinks in the library. Please be courteous, clean up after yourselves, and let us know if you need help dealing with a spill.
  4. A photo ID is required to borrow library materials. You can obtain a Student ID in the Student Life Center, which gets you access to other stuff on campus, too. Or we can use another form of valid ID.

Remember, some things never change. Our floor is still a silent study space, perfect for concentrating on homework or doing research. Your friendly library staff members are still here to answer your questions and help you find sources. Email us at library@virginiawestern.edu or stop by and say hi in person! We are here 8am-8pm Monday through Thursday, 8am-5pm Friday, and 9am-1pm Saturday throughout the semester.

Distance Learning Orientation

The Brown Library will hold three orientation sessions for our distance learning students. Orientation sessions are held in the library’s classroom and typically last thirty minutes.

  • Wednesday, January 27 at 6:00pm
  • Friday, January 29 at 2:30pm
  • Saturday, January 30 at 10:30am

Seating is limited, so please R.S.V.P. by email or phone to Lynn Hurt, 540-857-6445, and let her know which day you’d like to attend.

You may also request a copy of the Library Handbook from Ms. Hurt. This manual is a guide to library resources and services. It gives general information about the library, explains how to use our most popular databases, and shows how to cite sources.

Sign up for Fall Library Orientation!

Brown Library provides orientation each semester for distance learning students, for students taking classes on campus and at off-site locations, and for anyone who is interested in learning more about the library’s services and resources.

Library orientations for the 2009 Fall semester will be held at the following times:

  • 8/29/09—10:00am
  • 9/2/09—6:30pm
  • 9/3/09—2:30pm

Orientation sessions are held in the library’s classroom and typically last thirty minutes. Seating is limited to 25 people, so please register in advance by contacting Lynn Hurt at 540-857-6445.

Also, you may request from Ms. Hurt a copy of the Library Handbook. This manual is a guide to library resources and services. It gives general information about the library, explains how to use our most popular databases, and shows how to cite sources.