VIRGO, the U.Va. Library’s primary search tool, contains catalog records for books, print journals, DVDs and CDs, maps, government documents, manuscripts and rare materials, and digitized materials. By default, VIRGO provides these catalog results in the left column, and article results from our subscription journals in the right column.
The Advanced Catalog search is a good choice for searching for books. After your search results screen displays, use the "facets" provided in the left column of the search result screen to limit your results by author, format, publication period, and more.
Search results: when you find a VIRGO record for an item relevant to your topic or interest
The interdisciplinary full-text databases listed below are easy to use when you first get started looking for scholarly articles. See database HELP screens for useful search tips and examples.
Fine-tune your searches using
As you synthesize your research and begin to craft your own argument, it's important to keep track of your sources and cite them according to a standard format like Chicago, APA, or MLA (if you're not sure which to use, ask your instructor). Being careless with your citations can leave you vulnerable to accusations of academic dishonest or plagiarism. Fortunately, citation tools like the ones listed below can make it easy to track, manage, and cite your sources.