Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I access journals and books when away from NRAO?
A: Use the WebVPN from the NRAO Library Home Page (http://www.nrao.edu/library/) or directly from https://vpn.cv.nrao.edu/+CSCOE+/logon.html. After you login, following the instructions on screen to the Web Application bookmarks.
Q: Which journals can be accessed by NRAO Staff?
A: The entire listing of journals is available at http://www.nrao.edu/library/journals.shtml.
Q: How do I know if the NRAO Library has access to a certain year of a journal?
A: See the Access Key on the journals page, http://www.nrao.edu/library/journals.shtml.
Q: What if I need an article or report that is not listed on the journals page?
A: Send as much information as you have to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: How do I find an eBook?
A: All eBooks are catalogued and available through the NRAO Library catalogue at http://www.nrao.edu/library/.
Q: How do I request a book or report or other material I need?
A: Requests can be made via the main Library Web page, via the NRAO Library catalogue, to the email address, email@example.com, or by contacting an NRAO Library staff member.
Q: How do I cite NRAO facilities whose formal titles include the name of a person as a prefix?
The policy is to use the full formal name of the facility on first reference, followed by an acronym in parentheses that does not include a letter for the honored person’s name. Thus:
- The “Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT),” with “GBT” in subsequent references
- The “Pete V. Domenici Science Operations Center (SOC),” with “SOC” in subsequent references
- The “Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA),” with “VLA” in subsequent references.
Q: Can the NRAO Library provide me images or information for my report?
A: Please check the NRAO Image Gallery for a variety of astronomical images (http://images.nrao.edu) free for your use and our overview article on radio astronomy (http://www.nrao.edu/index.php/learn/radioastronomy) for an introduction to the field.
Q: Does the Library maintain an institutional repository?
A: The Library does not maintain an institutional repository in the sense that is common in an academic setting. We do, however, provide all the resources linked in the menus at left including journals, NRAO publications, eBooks, and more. If you are looking for access to NRAO Telescope Data, please visit https://archive.nrao.edu/archive/e2earchivex.jsp.
Q: Can the NRAO Library staff respond to questions from the general public?
A: Yes, questions from non-NRAO employees will be answered as time allows.
Q: What are the normal business hours of the NRAO Library?
A: The Library is open Mondays through Fridays from 8am-5pm EST.
Friday, 01-Nov-2013 14:51:23 EDT
by Library Staff.