First, before you start researching, log in to the VCU library page. This will give you full access to all of VCU Library’s resources.
In the top right hand corner you’ll see My Account. Click and log in. It will take you to a main landing page with an overview of your account information. Just click the word Libraries in the top left hand corner to go back to the VCU Library Search bar.
Now you can begin your search. If you know the title, author, or journal your looking for, just type it in and press return. Otherwise, If you're doing research, you'll need to develop some search terms.
Start by asking yourself, what is your general topic? Once you have topic, decide what aspects of your topic you're interested in researching. The causes? The effects? The solutions?
Then ask who is impacted by your topic? When? Current? Past? Future? Related to a specific event? Now ask yourself where all this is taking place. Is it a specific country, region, state, or place?
Once you have a topic, who, what, when, and where, come up with synonyms or related ideas for each.
Now you should have plenty of terms to work with! Here are a few additional tips.
Learn how to use the VCU Libraries Search with this playlist of videos.