Category Archives: Reference/Research

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.

The Great Research Paper Write-In

TONIGHT, the Link Writing Center and Library Services are sponsoring The Great Research Paper Write-In. The Write-In will take place from 6-9pm in the Writing Center and in the B17 Link Lab on the ground floor of Brown Library. A research librarian and English instructor will be on hand to help students with research and using the databases, and four writing consultants will be available to give assistance in the Writing Center. Students will also be able to print drafts of their papers for free. Goodies and giveaways will be provided.
Questions? Please contact the Academic Link (540-857-6442) or Library Services (540-857-7303) for more information. We hope to see you there!

New Book Highlights

Did you know there is a new book display in the library now? One of these new books is So You Want to Be a Teacher?: Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century, by Janice Koch (call # LB1775 .K635 2009). Are you thinking about a teaching career? Check this book out. (Another great resource for guidance in any career choice is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.)

The second is an eBook titled Reform of Eyewitness Identification Procedures by Brian L. Cutler. The author looks deep into the issue of eyewitness identifications. Are you interested in psychology or a career in justice administration? You might find this book helpful. To find it, search in the APA PsycNET database, choose PsycBOOKS at the top, and set your search for book title.

New Shakespeare Portraits Found? A Tale of Two Sources.

We love it when an announcement is made that a new portrait of Shakespeare is discovered. These stories are popular because everyone wants to see what the author of “Hamlet” and “Romeo and Juliet” looked like. The problem is that there is no definitive portrait out there. Every portrait must endure incredible scrutiny from scientists and scholars and, no matter the results, the experts will fall into one of three camps: yes, no, and maybe.

Compare two stories about recent discoveries of Shakespeare portraits. One is from Discovery News titled “Two New Portraits of Shakespeare Found” by Rozella Lorenzi, posted 12 February 2014. It’s the online news arm of the television folks who bring you Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel. Think about these questions based on the short article. Are there other portraits with competing claims of authenticity? The one scholar mentioned in the article is in the yes camp. Are there others who are in the “no” or “maybe” camp? Is it possible these portraits are not authentic? Who is the author?

A second article is from Science Daily, titled “Lifetime Portrait of Shakespeare Discovered?” based on material from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, posted March 10, 2009. Think about these two articles. What differences do you notice in how the information is presented? See Science Daily’s About Section on the page (scroll to the bottom). Which is a more reliable source of information: Science Daily or Discovery News?

Both articles make for interesting reading for the general public. But, as a college student, you have to carefully consider the sources you use in your work and don’t be afraid to question what you read.