Spring into Academic Success

The start of a new semester provides students with a clean slate of classes and new opportunities to learn and grow; it’s also a good opportunity to ask yourself:

What will make me academically successful this semester?

Good answer: making use of your Vol State Thigpen Library‘s resources, services, and spaces (as applicable). Here are some suggestions:

  • Schedule a research consultation with our team of professionals before starting an assignment that requires a research component.
    • In-person consultations can be scheduled at the VSCC locations in Gallatin, Livingston, Cookeville, and Springfield. They are also available via unscheduled drop-ins during specified hours.
    • Virtual research consultations are also available by appointment and are held using the College’s Zoom web-conferencing system.
  • Use 24/7 chat and text services at point of need for research assistance and to ask other library-related*** questions such as about our hours, spaces, services, and resources: Text 615-956-2275 (2ASK) or Chat with us now!
  • Research Guides are the most efficient way to start self-directed research endeavors. You’ll find guides for specific courses (e.g. ENGL 1010/1020) as well as those for specific and general disciplines (e.g. psychology or “health sciences”). Research guides direct you to the most appropriate databases to search for information sources and some include brief educational videos to help you develop your research skills and understanding of the research process.
    • Citation Style research guide provides resources for applying MLA, APA, Chicago styles to your papers and offers directions to start your subscription to the NoodleTools citation management system. Use NoodleTools to create, collect, share, and download your citations in proper format.
  • Watch “Navigating the Library’s Website” to become more efficient at navigating the current website to find what you need.

 

As always, your kind and professional library staff are eager to assist you: CONTACT US.

  • Thigpen Library in Gallatin supports all VSCC students wherever you may be, including online, taking classes at any VSCC location or dual enrollment, etc. Direct support from Gallatin library staff is available during our hours of operation.
  • Library specialists are available for in-person assistance at Cookeville, Livingston, and Springfield; please see this guide for their hours.

24/7 ask a librarian services are available via chat and text

 

***The physical library locations do have some textbooks & DVDs for film classes available for short-term in-library use through our course reserve services. If you need to lease or purchase a textbook for use all semester? You need the Bookstore (they require $)…

Winter break

The Winter solstice on December 21 launches the beginning of winter and the last day to visit Thigpen Library in 2018. Unlike Frosty the Snowman our return is definite. We reopen on Tuesday, January 2 at 8:00 AM and will be open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM until classes begin on Monday, January 14. Once classes begin the Library will be open more hours. Current Library Hours are always available on our website.

Looking for textbooks for your spring semester classes? You need the bookstore not the library.

De-Stress with Therapy Dogs at Thigpen Library

Animals are easy to love but did you know that animals can be good for your health? According to the National Institutes of Health, interacting with animals can:

  • reduce stress-related hormones
  • lower blood pressure
  • reduce loneliness
  • increase feelings of social support
  • boost mood
  • improve heart health

 

The end-of- semester crunch is stressful! That’s why Thigpen Library invites therapy dogs from the Music City Pet Partners to interact with Vol State students, faculty, and staff during Finals Week. This year, the dogs will be on campus December 3rd & 4th from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Rochelle Center. Be sure to stop by for some dog therapy!

Source: The Power of Pets: Health Benefits of Human-Animal Interactions. February 2018, NIH: News in Health.

 

 

Expertise in Abundance

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I.T. Lab Assistants are happy to help you use computer applications & software!
Librarian assists a student
Library experts provide research assistance!

What do you need right now as you wind down fall semester? With December’s finals on the horizons, Thigpen Library’s expert librarians and the I.T. Department’s savvy computer lab assistants are available to provide you with some helpful guidance to get you through your assignments.

* I.T. lab assistants are available to assist you with using computer applications and software. Need help with printing and using the scanners? They are there for you!

* Librarians and library specialists are experts in the research process and can help you develop your topics into better research questions, teach you how to use library databases to find relevant sources*** to support your research, and provide guidance in using NoodleTools software so that you can ethically and accurately cite your sources in your papers.

Find help from the I.T. Lab Assistants and receive in-person research assistance from library experts at all the College sites: Gallatin main campus, Livingston, Cookeville, and Springfield.

Library research assistance is also available 24/7 via Thigpen Library’s chat & text services.

***PSSST…!  The library provides research guides that direct you to best databases to search for articles depending on your topic. For instance, does your topic focus on aspects of individual human behavior? Try the “Psychology” research guide! Do you want to know about behavioral characteristics of the yellow-tailed woolly monkey? Try the “Veterinary Technology” research guide. And so forth…