Category Archives: Reference/Research

Library Offers Sweet Topic Guides

Looking to do some research for your criminal justice or history class? Or maybe you have a paper to write for your English class? Don’t fret because the Brown Library has developed a handy set of topic guides which covers a wide range of subjects.

  1. First, head on over to our Topic Guides homepage.Screen shot of Topic Guides webpage
  2. Then, choose your subject. Writing a paper on Alice in Wonderland or Walt Whitman? Got it. Want to find out more about our science and engineering databases? Got it.
  3. Once you’ve chosen which subject interests you, the related Topic Guide will point you to the books, periodicals, and specific databases which will best supply the information you need.
  4. Takes notes, record your citations, and get to work on those papers and projects!

And don’t forget——you can always come visit your friendly library staff if you have any questions!

Looking for Textbooks?

We understand that sometimes you just can’t afford to get a certain book right away, or maybe it’s late in coming into the campus bookstore. But you don’t have to fall behind—come on over to the reserves collection at Brown Library!

What can you get from the reserves?  Textbooks, other kinds of books (like novels you might read in an English class), articles, cds, videos, and cd-roms. You can’t check them out, but you can use them within the library whenever you’re in a pinch. They are located on the top floor of Brown, behind the circulation desk.

And while we don’t carry every textbook for every class, we’d be happy to see if we have what you’re looking for, by phone or in person. Wanna look yourself? No problem. You can look up what’s available by class, by subject, or browse a list of novels and authors commonly studied in the English classes here at Virginia Western.

If you don’t see a particular class listed, that means the professor or department hasn’t put the book or any other materials on reserve for that class. Sometimes a professor just doesn’t know their students would like to have the textbook on reserve, and so it always helps to suggest it. Here’s the form professors have to fill out to get their course materials put on reserve.

Have questions? Call Edgar Anderson, in Circulation, at 857-7242 or Laura Milliman, in Reference, at 857-6509.

Sign up for Fall Library Orientation!

42-15650488Brown 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.