Category Archives: Writing

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!

Warning: Due Dates Are Closer Than They Appear

Need help with a research assignment? Now you can reserve a Research Consultation with a Reference Librarian for up to 30 minutes to help you find resources for your research paper and citations. To schedule a session, call 857-7303, email ddulaney@virginiawestern.edu, or stop by the 2nd floor of the Brown Library building. All you have to do is have your topic selected and provide a copy of your assignment. Hurry, the semester is almost over!

What Can You Do About Banned Books?

Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom we have in the U.S. to express our opinions— even if the opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular. Unfortunately, not everyone has this right; there are currently many authors around the world who have been imprisoned, or whose lives have been threatened, because of their writings. Check out this slide show, courtesy of the Huffington Post, for more information on how you can help promote freedom of expression and ideas.

Banned Books Week Events

  • Thursday and Friday only, take a break at the library and try your hand at one of our Banned Books Word Searches!
  • Visit Our Displays on the Top Floor. See examples of books that have been banned and find out the reasons behind it.

Interested in finding out more about Banned Books Week? How about a list of Banned Classics or the most frequently Banned Books of the 21st century? Happy reading from the Brown Library staff!

Library Tip of the Day #7

TIP #7 – We have bright and cheerful reading areas where you can chill-lax and read the newspaper or a popular magazine:

Brown Library currently subscribes to 94 newspaper, magazine and journal titles in print format.   Students can sit down and read these items between classes, and college employees can come relax during lunch breaks.  And if you can sleep sitting up straight without closing your eyes or snoring, well, you’re welcome to do that, too.

It’s National Library Week! Brown Library has a few things cooked up in order to celebrate.

  • Six Word Memoirs: Write your life in six words, and be eligible to win a “Writer’s Gift Basket!” Examples can be found here: Six-Word Memoirs: Life Stories Distilled on NPR. Enter to win online, or pick up a paper entry form in the library (one student and one faculty/staff winner).
  • Library Find-a-Word, main floor
  • Special Displays on the Writing Life, top floor
  • Library Tip of the Day, direct to you by email!

We’ll also have a table at Spring Fling on Friday, April 20th, where you’ll be able to create your own Newspaper Poems as well!