This guide will walk you through the resources and services of use to HNFE Interns in the Nutrition & Dietetics Internship, including: accessing, searching, and using research resources.
Access the VT University Libraries website here: http://www.lib.vt.edu/
Northern Virginia Center Resource Center also has a website: https://www.lib.vt.edu/nvc/
A few tips to get you started:
1. Don't be afraid to ask for assistance. Simply contact your librarian directly ------------------------>
2. , you may be prompted to sign in with your PID and password to access full text of subscription content (like Web of Science research database, online journal articles, ebooks, etc.). See the LibX Toolbar / Browser Extension option, Google Scholar Settings, and PubMed Settings options to get the most GetVText full text linking options when using free or open access (non-subscription) research tools.
3. If you are a remote intern, working at a location outside of Blacksburg, find out about VT Libraries Services for Distance Researchers
3. Use Summon to conduct a Google-like search of most of our library resources. While it's not a disciplinary database, like the ones that I recommend to you on this guide, it can help you gain a broad overview of a particular research topic or question.
4. When searching Summon, Google Scholar, or any of the databases that I recommend, break your research question into keywords, rather than typing in the entire sentence or question. Click here to read more about strategies for creating good keyword searches.
6. When trying to access articles and other resources, look for the Get VText box:
7. Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) Service - for journal articles, book chapters (even if we own a copy), books, and more that VT does not own or subscribe to, don't pay to access research sources you need - use Illiad to request materials for free.
Additional VT Resources
1. Writing Center - "We work with writing and reading assignments from any course in the University. We can also help you with writing projects that are not linked to classes."
------> For Northern Virginia Students: Writing support available via Skype, by appointment only. Email the Writing Center (email@example.com) to make an appointment.
2. Lynda - Software Tutorials and Training - "Lynda.com is your one stop shop for online tutorials and training in a variety of software suites and programs. Access is free to current Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff."
3. LISA - Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis - "We provide statistical advice, analysis, and education to Virginia Tech researchers by offering individual collaboration meetings, walk-in consulting, educational short courses, and support for interdisciplinary research projects."
Get started with a short (3 min 35 sec) overview of the VT University Libraries website including quick links to specialized research resources, library hours, and subject / course library guides (video description via YouTube). Video direct link: https://youtu.be/aWxXr619yV0.
UPDATE TO THIS VIDEO: The Off-Campus-Sign-In Button is no longer needed - now all subscription databases and sources automatically connect via VT PID and Password sign-in from Off Campus (on campus, you won't even be asked to sign-in).
Remember to look for the Get VText icon:
If that doesn't work, don't hesitate to contact your librarian for help accessing the full text of an article.
Looking for sources where submissions were peer reviewed before publication?
Check a journal title in Ulrichs Web to see if its 'referred' (peer-reviewed).
Check on a journal website to find out about publication and editorial practices such as whether or not they include peer-review in the process.
At University Libraries, we have nearly 1,000 different scholarly databases that you can use. For your research in, I recommend the following databases. Still not sure about which database(s) are best for your research? Try browsing a few subject guides, or look through the full research database list.
Tests & Measures are frequently used in health-related research. The resources here will help you find tests and measures that you may consider using in your own research. Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print primarily indexes published, commercially available tests with information on how to acquire them. PsycTests primarily covers unpublished tests (often including the full text of the test itself). Both offer varying information regarding validity and reliability of tests referenced. PsycInfo (above in Scholarly Research Databases) is another great place to look for test information in scholarly works that used them, though the full test is often not available there.
*Contact your liaison librarian, for assistance in searching for tests (contact info at the top right side of this page - or at the end if on a mobile device).
Boolean operators are named for George Boole (1815-1864), an English Mathematician and Philosopher. Boolean Algebra and Symbolic Logic both derive from his work. Boole is generally considered the father of modern computer science. Most electronic indexes (databases) require the use of Boolean operators in parsing search terms, although this is not always apparent. Boolean search statements are incredibly powerful in retrieving what you need provided 1) the statement is formatted correctly and 2) your choice of search terms is correct for the topic you are researching.
Rather than typing a full sentence or question into a search box, using Boolean operators can help you create an efficient and effective database search.
Try our new Search Strategy Builder, which will create searches out of keywords that you supply!
In order to use Boolean operators, you need to know:
Read more about Boolean searching here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/disted/pubmedtutorial/020_350.html
Truncation: A symbol, specific to the search interface, which allows the retrieval of all endings for the specified base word. An asterisk (*) isoften used. For example, child* would retrieve records with children, childish, and every other word that begins with the root word "child."
Wildcard: A symbol, specific to the search interface, which allows the retrieval of various spellings of a word. A questio mark is often used. For example, wom?n would retrieve records with women or woman.
Quotation marks: To search for an exact phrase with the words together, in the order you wish to find them, add " " quotation marks around the phrase, such as "physical activity" versus finding an article about physical education and an activity for elementary school students.
Read more about these sorts of tricks here: http://addison.vt.edu/screens/help_index.html#tips
Example Boolean search statements using symbols:
(Calcium AND milk) NOT goat
child* AND anxiety AND (exercise OR "physical activity")
alcohol AND medication AND (elderly OR aged OR older adults)
alcohol AND "drug interactions" AND (elderly OR aged OR older adults)
alcohol AND ("medication interactions" OR "drug interactions") AND (elderly OR aged OR older adults)
alcohol AND (medication interactions OR "drug interactions") AND (elderly OR aged OR older adults)
clostridium difficile AND malnutrition AND (elderly OR aged OR older adults)
clostridium difficile AND (nutrition OR diet OR malnutrition) AND (elderly OR aged OR older adults)
As you decide which resources to include in your research, here are some things to think about:
Authority: Who wrote it? What sort of expertise do they have in this area?
Coverage: Is it relevant to your topic?
Objectivity: Is there any bias? If so, how much?
Accuracy: Is the information correct? Is it in alignment with other research findings or articles?
Currency: When was your resource produced? Does this matter for your topic?
So you've found a journal article that looks trustworthy--where can you find information that will help you apply the basic evaluation criteria?
Case Study 1: Tragedy at Johns Hopkins
Read the following (brief) news story.
Be prepared to:
1. Summarize the main points
2. Consider what you might have done differently in the situation, if you were the researcher in the story
Case Study 2: Who's Afraid of Peer Review?
Listen to the following news story:
(You can also read the full story, published in Science, here: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/342/6154/60.full)
1. What does this story mean to you?
2. When you're doing research, how can you tell which articles (and journals) are trustworthy?