Category Archives: Reference/Research

Looking for Textbooks?

If you’re looking to buy or just browse your Fall semester textbooks, head on over to the campus Bookstore in Craig (South Campus). They can help you find what you need for each class. Click here for a handy map.

And while we don’t sell textbooks here in Brown Library, we can help you do research, find resources for papers, and accomplish many other things.

  • Need help with citations? Check!
  • Forget your textbook and want to check one out for a couple hours? Check!
  • Want assistance finding and evaluating scholarly articles? Check!
  • Want to actually read something for pleasure? Check!
  • Interested in learning how to use an iPad? Check!
  • Need a quiet space to study or maybe a room where you can easily collaborate on a group project, like Powerpoint presentations? Check and check!

All of this is available to you in the Library, along with the friendly expertise of your campus librarians and library staff. We’re here to serve you and help you succeed! Find your there with Brown Library by your side.

Career Questions?

Do you know what you want to do when you grow up? Or are you a grown-up looking for a new career path? I’ve been there and done that in both cases. A great resource available here at Brown Library to help you answer these questions is The Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Published by the federal government, it can be a real eye-opener. What does a career pay on average? Which occupations are growing the fastest? What skills or education are required for a field? What do people in a given career field actually do?

The print version is available at the Reference desk on the Main Floor. There is also an online version of The Occupational Outlook Handbook. Help is also available on campus at the Career and Employment Assistance Center. Contact the Center by phone at 540-857-7298 or e-mail CareerCenter@virginiawestern.edu.

Stop by the library today to peruse it in print or investigate your options online!

—Dale Dulaney, Reference & Instruction Librarian

Hot Topic: Electronic & Social Media at Brown

Come to the library on Wednesday and find out more about our e-books, virtual reference chat, the blog and Facebook page, and other social media endeavors.

  • When: Wednesday, March 24th, 1:00pm
  • Where: Library Classroom, Top Floor of Brown
  • Facilitators: Laura Milliman and Kalyca Schultz

Due to a 24-seat limit in the classroom, pre-registration for this Hot Topic is required. Let us know you’re coming by calling Desiree Frye at 540-857-7583.

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.