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Research Guides

VCU librarians prepare research guides that bring together a variety of library resources to support research on specific topics. The guides are organized by:

Managing Citations

RefWorks is a free and powerful online research management, writing and collaboration tool. It will help you easily gather, organize, store and share information, and to instantly generate citations and bibliographies.

Google Scholar

Learn more about how to set up Google Scholar to connect to VCU resources.

Connecting Apps and Software

Mobile apps or other research tools may ask for these addresses:

  • Proxy address:
  • OpenURL address:

Endnote and Z39.50

  • Server address:
  • Port: 210
  • Database name: 01VCU_INST
  • Recordtype: USMARC

Mobile Tools

Hit a paywall? Try these browser add-ons

Drag the bookmarklet links below to your browser's bookmarks toolbar or right-click and add to favorites.

  • #icanhazpdf VCU: Try this button to access paywalled journals, articles and other library resources from off-campus without going through the library website.
  • NYT articles via VCU Libraries:  If an article is not available to you for free on the New York Times website, use this bookmarklet to access the article through the VCU Libraries LexisNexis subscription.

Or, try downloading the Open Access button to help you search the web for an open-access version of the paper.


VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
All Libraries
Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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