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Searches: Get Help With Your Research

Everything you need to know to take advantage of the Literature Search service at the VDOT Research Library.

Overview: Literature Searches

Sometimes what you need is a customized search and a simple synthesis that will help you avoid "reinventing the wheel," or missing research that is potentially relevant but otherwise hard to find. 

If you are a VDOT employee and don't have the time (or desire) to invest in a comprehensive search on your own, why not take advantage of the library's free literature search service? 

We're quick and thorough, and we tend to find sources others miss. Plus, we know how to focus on the most relevant, current and reliable sources. We can even "synthesize" what we find in ways that help you make informed decisions based on evidence. However, because we are not technical experts, we don't do a full blown literature "review."

Explore Existing Searches

Speaking of reinventing the wheel, hundreds of custom searches done for your peers in recent years have now been added to the library's online catalog. They are available to VDOT employees with the keyword search below:



If you don't want to search you can also browse a list of searches in the library's Online Catalog

Request a Search

Every search is customized to the requestor's needs at a precise moment in time. Because the information landscape changes rapidly, searches can become dated. Use this Request Form to request a search "update" or a search on a topic we've never explored before. 

We will conduct a search for any VDOT employee (researchers, practitioners, policy makers, technicians, etc.). Sources can include: technical reports, state DOT publications, conference papers, standards, white papers, proceedings, dissertations, and even PowerPoint or poster presentations. We also identify experts and provide contact information so you can consult directly with technical experts and peers at other DOTs. We deliver 30-50 searches a year and typically have multiple searches underway, so the more lead time we have to work on your search the better.


Comprehensive Search
& Synthesis

Delivery time: 1-2 weeks Delivery time: 2-4 weeks Delivery time: 4-8 weeks or longer

Literature Search FAQ

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