The most important thing to know is that you can always reach out to your librarian with any questions you have about finding or using information resources. My job is to help you! My contact info is listed in my profile.
Here are the basic library resources and services that everyone should know about: Virgo catalog, ILL, Recommend a Purchase and Study Spaces.
UVA Library offers a suite of digital resources. All UVA students, faculty, and staff can get access to our digital offerings even when you are not working on Grounds. The bottom line is that you need to authenticate at some point so that publisher websites recognize that you are a UVA affiliate. If you start your search on a library website, it will ask you for your NetBadge. Using the VPN also works well, but you need to remember to turn it on. Updating your Google Scholar settings to reflect your affiliation with UVA will also activate NetBadge and direct you to any copies the library may have.
If you are off Grounds and not starting with the library website, you best bet is to use the Libkey Nomad browser extension, described in the next section. Libkey Nomad makes it easy to get to an article, no matter how you start your search. If the article is not available through UVA Library or open access, Libkey Nomad will fill out an ILL form for you.
Libkey Nomad is a browser extension that instantly identifies links to articles for full text access (either through your library's holdings or through Open Access sources), and if it can't find a version of the article that is available to you through your library, it will fill out an ILL request for you through your library. It means you can browse the publisher websites directly rather than searching the library website for an article.
Using Libkey Nomad is a bit like taking a librarian with you as you surf the web: it will identify access to articles you browse, and take you to the full text if we have access. If we don't have access, it will fill out an ILL request for you, which you just have to click to submit.
It works in all of the major browsers except Safari, including: Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Brave, and Vivaldi.
You do not need to be on Grounds, or connected via the VPN to use it, and you don't have to create an account; you'll be prompted to authenticate via Netbadge when needed.
Zotero is a citation manager that helps you organize the many background documents you will use to write your papers. It makes your life easier when it comes time to cite your sources and construct a bibliography!