Virgo, the U.Va. Library’s primary search tool, contains catalog records for books, print journals, DVDs, maps, and digitized materials, as well as links to online articles from our rich array of subscription journals. You can search catalog materials and articles together, or view those results separately, using the "facets" provided to limit your results by author, format, publication period, and more.
The U.Va. Library subscribes to hundreds of databases that contain scholarly resources not available on the free web. Access to most of these databases is restricted to current members of the U.Va. community; when you are off Grounds, you will be prompted to sign in with NetBadge when using these resources (see the Off-Grounds Access link for more information).
The best way to connect to the library's databases is through the research portal. This page provides a brief list of the most commonly used databases, as well as links to a complete A-Z listing of all our databases. In addition, library subject specialists have created a research guide for each academic department here at U.Va., which lists the most important databases for conducting research in that discipline. American Studies draws upon many other disciplines; the guides for English, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Women's Studies, and Art and Art History may be useful for this course.
While many databases contain full text articles, others are indexes that provide citations for articles, but not the articles themselves. If you see an article citation without the full text, look for the Find @ U.Va. link or button, which will search all of our online content for a copy of the article. Some articles aren't available online, but are available in print journals that can be found through VIRGO. If the library doesn't have the article either online or in print, you can request a copy through Interlibrary Loan.