Welcome to the Faculty Research Guide, where you'll find information to support your and your students' research.
Print out a copy of the Pocket Toolkit (or pick one up next time you visit the library) for a quick overview of library resources and services.
These are a variety of the tools most commonly used by faculty for research at VCU. More detailed information about each is available at the linked pages, but don't hesitate to get in touch via the Ask Us! box if you have questions about them or would like to meet for a research consultation.
- Databases A-Z
Alphabetical list of all VCU Libraries' subscription databases.
- Databases A to Z: Mobile by Subject
List of Databases available via Mobile devices.
- Data Services
Find out how you can obtain numeric data files for secondary analysis from ICPSR
and where you can access geospatial
- Find Dissertations
Find out how to obtain access to dissertations.
- Interlibrary Loan Services
While VCU Libraries has over 2 million titles and over 16,000 serial (journal) subscriptions, we may not always have everything you need within our collection. Set up your account to use Illiad – our online interface for requesting items through Interlibrary loan (ILL). With ILL you may request copies of journal articles, books, and other media that the library does not own.
Tool for finding out if we have a journal, if access is available electronically or in print, and what years are available.
Citation management tool for storing and managing references; creating bibliographies. Supports most citation styles. Requires an individual account set up from a VCU Libraries link. Available to VCU and MCVH-VCU email account holders.
- Research Guides
Web pages developed by VCU Librarians to provide guidance on locating resources for particular fields of study.
- Visit Other Libraries
Obtain an OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program
card for on-site borrowing from other research libraries
. Participants include regional universities such as College of William and Mary, Duke University, or Georgetown University and distant universities such as Boston College, Florida State University, UCLA, or University of Washington.
Visit the library! Check the main library Web page to find hours and VCU Libraries Study Spaces.
- John Mapp Graduate Study and Reading Room
Provides a quiet study environment for faculty and graduate students.
- Group Study Rooms
VCU Libraries have a variety of study space options including group study rooms. Students, faculty, and staff can reserve study rooms at James Branch Cabell Library and Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences.
- Borrowing Materials from the VCU Libraries
- Media & Technology
Find more information about the resources available at VCU Libraries.
- Take a tour
Tours are typically offered for the first couple weeks of the semester. They highlight important resources and offer both useful information and tips to get the most out of your visits to the library. Contact your librarian for more information about attending or setting up a tour.