At the Library, we hear a lot of wishes from undergraduate students. They tell us that they wish it were easier to do research, and to learn to use Library resources and services. What might surprise you is that most of the time, those wishes are fulfilled by things the Library is already doing. We’ve collected some of the most common wishes (and added some of our own)—along with ways we can help you fulfill them. Don’t just wish for help. Get help from the Library.
I wish I’d known all this when I was a First Year.
Don’t wait until your last year at U.Va. to discover all the tips and time-savers the Library provides to help gain an edge in your research. Our Library 101 guide gives you a quick head-start with all you need to know about Library policies, equipment and key services. The Research Portal is a gateway to nearly all the databases, citation tools and services you need to know. It also features Subject Guides, which direct you to the most important databases and resources in your discipline. Here, you can also find contact information for Library staff who are experts in those subject areas.
I wish those perfect books weren’t checked out!
If a book you need is checked out, from the Virgo record click on the Request Unavailable Item link and fill out the requested information (you’ll need to log in to NetBadge if you aren’t already). A message will be sent to the person who has it notifying them that they have 8 days to return it. When it’s returned, we’ll put it on hold for you and let you know that it’s available for pick-up. And If none of the U.Va. Libraries have a book, journal article, or other item that you need, the Library can request it through Interlibrary Loan Services.
I wish I had started on this paper earlier.
It’s crunch time, and you’re not sure where to start with a research or writing project. For help, try the Writing Center, check our writing help page, or schedule a research tutorial with a subject liaison. If you’re getting down to the wire, Clemons is open 24 hours most days. And if you’ve really waited until the last minute but can’t make it to a library, you can still get to valuable source materials through Off-Grounds Access. Phew.
I wish more students would ask for help from Library staff when they’re pondering a research project.
Need help with a research project? The Library has many ways for students to get expert help when they are working on a project or paper. The Library has specialists in all of the disciplines who can help identify resources and they can be contacted in multiple ways—chat, e-mail, telephone and in-person. Just ask.
I wish I knew whether or not I’m citing this correctly.
The U.Va. Library has an on-line guide for citation tools and writing styles to help you navigate your way through papers and bibliographies. This guide provides assistance for all writing styles—MLA, ALA, Chicago, etc., as well as tools for managing your citations. Explore your options—writing help is just a click away.
I wish my roommates would keep it down! #@$*%!
Need a quiet place to study? There are over a dozen facilities in the University’s library system, and you can use any of them. Each library has a variety of spaces that will suit your needs—quiet areas, group study rooms, reading rooms and more. Some of the spaces can be reserved ahead of time, which is particularly useful during mid-terms and final exams!