Library & Resources
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We are happy to announce that after a month-long closure, the VCFA Library is once again staffed, albeit on a part-time basis (10–3 Monday through Friday). We will continue to answer your emails seven days a week. While we are not yet able to allow community access to the building, we can again fill your requests for items from our collection, and send and receive mail. Please email us at [email protected] if you would like a prepaid USPS shipping label for the return of any library or Interlibrary Loan materials. To compensate for the lack of access to the VCFA campus this summer, the library will cover your costs in returning VCFA-owned materials until the library and campus are open again to our students and faculty. Please be assured that you do not need to return any items at this time if you have any concerns about your risk of exposure to the virus.
See below for a list of Open Access and other free resources. More information about VCFA’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak can be found here.
With gratitude and best wishes for your continued health and safety,
The VCFA Library Staff
VCFA World Catalog
The VCFA World Catalog lists the combined card catalogs of over 60,000 libraries worldwide. One simple interface searches through a single catalog that lists virtually every book ever printed. It also lists millions of sound recordings, periodical titles, movies, maps, musical scores, and manuscripts. Most titles are available via Interlibrary Loan. Also, through this World Catalog, VCFA e-books and thousands of public domain titles are immediately available in full-text formats.
In order to access the library databases remotely or away from the VCFA campus, you will be prompted by the “OCLC WorldShare Managed-User Sign-In” to enter your username and password. By entering this information, you will be able to use WorldCat.
Please note that the only supported browsers for database log-in are IE7+, Firefox, and Chrome.
Your library username is your firstname.lastname (e.g., jane.smith). New library users should set their own passwords by clicking on “Sign In” and then clicking the “Set/reset password” link. Returning users can use this link to reset forgotten passwords.
If you are having trouble logging in, please email [email protected] or call 802-828-8512.
VCFA Library Full-Text Journals A-Z
Here is a searchable list of full-text journals owned by the VCFA library. You also can search all full-text books using the title or ISBN, and you can locate specific full-text articles owned by the VCFA using the bibliographic citation for the article.
OverDrive is one of the world’s premier digital reading platforms. Through it, we have thousands of e-books you can borrow and download to most devices for free. You can access our e-books from anywhere. Simply log in with your VCFA Library account to get started.
We ask that you return e-books you finish or no longer wish to read back to the collection as early as possible. Returning e-books early allows other people to enjoy the title and helps to reduce wait time for popular or required titles.
JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of scholarly content in a trusted digital archive. (Username and password required.)
ARTSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of scholarly content in a trusted digital archive. (Username and password required.)
Project MUSE is a collection of high-quality, peer-reviewed journals in the humanities. This collection provides a highly relevant set of research journals for art schools, museums, performing arts organizations, and related institutions. (Username and password required).
InfoTrac provides periodical and news information through an intuitive, user-friendly search interface for researchers at all levels. Content includes more than 12,000 titles spanning nearly 30 years.
ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) is the world’s most widely used index to education-related literature. Established in 1966, ERIC is supported by the US Department of Education’s Office of Educational Research and Improvement and is administered by the US National Library of Education (NLE). ERIC is the largest education database in the world, containing over 1.5 million records of journal articles, research reports, curriculum and teaching guides, conference papers, dissertations and theses, and books.
The industry’s largest and most affordable e-book subscription database now includes a growing selection of more than 70,000 e-books from over 500 trusted publishers. (Username and password required.)
Children's Literature Comprehensive Database
Children’s Literature reviewers read and critically review more than 5,000 books annually. Our mission is to help teachers, librarians, childcare providers and parents make appropriate literary choices for children.
Index to Printed Music (IPM)
“The Index to Printed Music (IPM) is an invaluable resource for music researchers and students. IPM is the only online resource for finding individual pieces of music printed in standard scholarly editions, with over 356,000 index records of individual music works.” – EBSCO
International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
A quickly growing, free, public domain virtual library that as of January, 2011 contains 33,659 works , 83,028 scores, 1,621 recordings, and 4,823 composers. You can also access additional websites for scores not yet contained in the International Music Score Library.
Art Song Central
“Art Song Central is principally an archive and directory of free, printable sheet music for singers and voice teachers. An emphasis is placed on standard classical and traditional repertoire.” – Art Song Central
NAXOS Music Library
“Catalogues or selected recordings of over 250 independent labels … Classical, Jazz, World, Classic Rock, Nostalgia music … wide range of standard and specialist repertoire…more than 49,740 CD-length recordings equivalent to 714,800 tracks uploaded, with addition of over than 800 CD-length recordings every month…music notes, cover artwork, tracklists, instrumentation, and publisher information…libretti and synopses of more than 700 operas…more than 10,000 composer and artist biographies…pronunciation guide for composer and artist names…glossary, guide to musical terms and work analyses …” – NAXOS Music Library
Free for the entire VCFA community the first step is to create your own personal account and follow the “New to RefWorks? Sign Up for a New Account” instructions. Once your personal account is created you can save any citation from VCFA databases to your own personal bibliography. There are many benefits to having a personal RefWorks account. Download the “Cite-N-Write” application and use an abbreviated version of RefWorks within your word processor to automatically include properly formatted footnotes and references from your personal bibliography as you write. RefWorks output styles include MLA, Chicago, APA, Turabian, and hundreds of others.
Oxford English Dictionary
The Oxford English Dictionary is the world’s most complete dictionary. Continuously updated, this is the only major dictionary to trace (even time-chart!) the use of every English word.
The Visual Thesaurus is “both an artistic exploration and a tool to explore, study, and analyze the structure of language.” – Visual Thesaurus.
The Encyclopedia Britannica is regarded as one of the best research sources, offering more than 120,000 articles. It also publishes daily features and provides links to news and other external sites chosen by its editors. It is continuously updated by more than 4,000 expert contributors. Click here for a site tour.
McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology
AccessScience is a complete science and technology reference that gathers and synthesizes vast amounts of information and organizes it to give you fast, easy, and accurate access to authoritative articles in all major areas of science and technology. It’s easier than ever to find what you’re looking for and put it to use quickly.
Novelist helps you find books to read and genres to study. NoveList Plus is a comprehensive reader’s advisory resource for fiction and nonfiction. With its intuitive interface and extensive proprietary content, NoveList Plus will help you to answer the question of what to read next. Click here for a site tour.
A collection of PDFs and video tutorials to help you familiarize yourself with the library, its collection, and its processes.
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