We are very pleased to report that starting July 15th, 2010, the U.Va. Library will move to a new search interface.. With the new VIRGO you can:
- Search items the Library has catalogued, including books, journal titles, DVDs, CDs, sheet music, websites, and microfilm, and also, in the same search for the first time, digital collections of images and texts;
- Filter your results by format, dates, call number, subject headings, and keywords;
- Sort your results by relevancy ranking, date received, author, title or call number;
- Save and share your searches and results in RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero and more;
- Select, save, print, e-mail, and SMS multiple records;
- Generate an RSS feed for your search, so you can be notified when the Library acquires materials in your subject area.
We thank you for your feedback and support as we continue to develop this exciting new research tool. Answers to some of your questions about the new interface are available at: http://www2.lib.virginia.edu/press/virgonew/faq.html. To learn even more about what the new VIRGO can do, take a quick class (see the write-up below) or you can take a sneak peak and try it out at: http://virgobeta.lib.virginia.edu/.
Join the Librarians-in-Residence and quickly learn the powerful search capabilities of the new VIRGO and how you be a better researcher!
When: July 19 - July 23
Where: The CLIC, 3rd floor of Ruffner Hall
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The Start Over Button
Before you start a new search, be sure to click the "Start Over" button in VIRGO! Otherwise, you will continue to narrow the previous search you were doing! 1 minute tutorial. (same video as the one directly below)
Search Type: Author, Title, Keyword, Journal Title
After you type in your search terms, use the pull down menu to the right of the search box to select the type of search you want to perform: author search, title search, keyword search, or journal title search. This will save you time and lead to more accurate results. 1 minute tutorial: searching for a book (same video as the one directly above)
Facet searching allows you to narrow down your search results in VIRGO. Facets are listed in the left column and change depending on the type of search you are performing. For example, if you enter a book title, you could use the facet links to limit the items to ebooks within the QA call number range so that you get a list ebooks about mathematics. 2 minute video.
- format (online, ebooks, images, etc.)
- call number
- series title
- location (Alderman Library, Brown Science & Engineering, etc.)
Google Book Icons are Now in Virgo
Search for a book in VIRGO. When the item record for that book displays, you will see a Google Book icon if that book is a part of Google Books. While you won't necessarily get access to the full text of the book through Google Books (only those in the public domain are full text at this date), you may get to read sample pages full text. You can often enter keywords and the Google Book service will display that passage. We will also see in many cases the book's title page, table of content, and preface. These features can come in handy when you need to complete a citation late at night to meet a deadline! 2 minute tutorial