Here are five tips to help you use library resources most efficiently:
Selected Resources to Find Books, Articles, and Protocols
Find Print and Online Books
Find Article Citations and Preprints
Search full-text articles by collection
Search full-text articles by publisher
Find Protocols and Other Resources
There are several ways to connect to the libraries' online books, journals, and databases from off-Grounds:
|UVA Anywhere VPN
|LibKey Nomad Plugin
Starting on the library's website invokes the "proxy server" which will allow you to login with your UVA credentials to get to our resources.
UVA Information Technology Services provides VPN technology to give authorized UVA users (including students) secure, authenticated access to restricted resources, some of which are limited to on-Grounds use.
LibKey Nomad is a browser extension that offers links to PDFs while browsing certain pages such as PubMed, WOS, publisher websites, and Wikipedia.
Install LibKey Nomad and you'll get a "Provided by University of Virginia" button on articles. Click to get to the full PDF.
If LibKey Nomad can not find the article, you will be brought to a page where you can select to submit the citation to our Interlibrary Loan Service (ILL). All the information will automatically populate in the ILL form.
See our Citation Management Guide for information on popular citation managers. We have guides on the following tools, including links to instructions on installing and configuring for use at UVA:
Free Expert Consultations
Software at UVA
How can you distinguish Primary, Secondary and Tertiary information?
Primary Scientific Literature
Original information/materials on which research is based on and it is usually published in a peer-review journal. It includes original research, dissertations, technical reports, conference papers, and patents. It may also include data sets, pre-prints or preliminary reports.
How to locate primary literature?
Secondary sources of information are based on primary sources. They describe, interpret, analyze and evaluate primary sources of information.
Examples of secondary sources include:
How to locate Secondary Literature?
Tertiary literature synthesizes information from primary and secondary literature. Tertiary literature can include books, textbooks, encyclopedias, and dictionaries.
How to locate Tertiary Literature?