Quick Guide to Research Guides

research guides

This may look like a jumble of images and it is, but it is also a quick view into how Research guides work and why you should use them. Follow along as I explain #1 through #5

#1 : The “Research Guides” tab on the library home page is where you access links to research guides sorted by subject, campus or all guides listed alphabetically.

#2 : For this example, I selected to view the guides by Subject and by doing this you will see different areas of study. When you click on the plus sign, specific guides are displayed.

#3 : The Information Technology guide is a great example of what resources we have to offer students, such as databases, books, articles and career information. Just surf through the tabs at the top of the page!

#4 : The “Articles” tab contains databases that art specific to computer sciences and information technology. Multi-disciplinary databases such as Academic Search Complete are great, but it’s also important to go to subject specific databases while doing research.

#5 : Don’t forget about citing your work!! The most important step of all is to make sure that your work can be verified. If you aren’t sure how to cite, review the appropriate guide (MLA, APA, Chicago) and make an appointment for the Annandale Writing Center!

Remember: never hesitate to contact the library when you have questions. We love to hear from students and help them with research…it’s what we’re here for!

Student Life at NOVA

Are you looking to get involved in interesting clubs with your fellow students? Of course you are! College is a great place to meet people and get involved in your local community. They are so many events and activities to try out, just go to the Office of Student Life at Annandale!

To make it easy to view events there is a calendar that you can sort by date, location and keyword! Get out there and get involved!

Here’s a look at the rest of March:



Bring the Beat Back


If you are an aspiring DJ, but don’t have a lot of money to spend on equipment, you need to check out  HTML5DrumMachine.com !

You can create beats and save them as .Wav files. I bet you know what I’m going to recommend you doing with those files…bring them to our Digital Media Studio and plug them into our professional audio software.

Listen to this awesome creation! Annandale Library exclusive.

Podcast City

The Annandale Campus Library is proud to present our newest addition to the Digital Media Studio:

The Blue Yeti Ultimate USB microphone, Sennheiser 280 Pro Studio headphones, a pop filter, and an external DAC.

This podcasting equipment will be for in library use only and specifically for our Digital Media Studio, which has amazing audio software like Audacity and GarageBand!

Check it out, folks!


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

The library just wants to remind you to have a fun, safe and responsible St. Patrick’s Day! Wear green, eat green and think green today!

stpatsdogStop by the library if you would like to get some factual information on St. Patrick’s Day. We have great resources that will tell you all about the man, Saint Patrick, and why he is celebrated.