The campus and library will be closed during the Thanksgiving break. When the library closes Wednesday (Nov 27) evening at 8:50 PM, it will not reopen until Monday, Dec 2 at 7:30 AM. Of course, there are plenty of online resources available for your research needs. Remember all our online information sources are accessible through our Resources page (http://volstate.edu/Library/resources.php). Also, our LibGuides (http://libguides.volstate.edu/) can help with many questions about how to use a particular resource.
Several events have been planned at the Thigpen Library and the Sumner County public libraries as part of the One Book, One Community project. (For more information about this project, go to www.volstate.edu/OneBook.) Author Sharyn McCrumb will visit the Gallatin campus on October 24. She is the author of The Ballad of Frankie Silver, the title chosen for the One Book, One Community project. She will speak at 7 p.m. in the Thigpen Library. Other events are:
Gallatin Public Library (452-1722): Appalachian storytellers Dee Kimbrell and Lynda Evjen, Tuesday, September 17, 5:30 p.m. and the Trammel Creek Bluegrass Band, October 1, 5:00 p.m.
Hendersonville Public Library (824-0656): Open Mic Night, October 17, 6:00 p.m.
Portland Public Library (325-2279): Storytellers Patsy and Herman Lawson, October 1, 6:00 p.m.
“Your number #1 campus resource is the Thigpen Library”. In addition to the Gallatin campus, library services are available at the Highland Crest, Livingston and McGavock sites. Whichever campus you are attending, visit the library, meet the librarians, and discover the library services available to you. Research assistance is available at each location. If you’re attending classes at an off-campus site, you can request materials from the Thigpen Library be sent to your site for you.
The Thigpen Library will be offering several workshops this semester. Information about the workshops and the schedule are available at libguides.volstate.edu/workshops
The Library is open on both floors! Come take a look and find the research you need for summer classes. We encourage you to ask for research assistance
A guest post submitted by Daisy Brooks:
Students at Volunteer State Community College may want to consider using online resources to finish class papers.
The Vol State Library’s research page offers links to:
- the library’s catalog
- online periodicals
- electronic journals
- And other electronic sources arranged by title and topic
There is also a link to the IRIS Library Tutorial. IRIS stands for Information & Research Instruction Suite, the site has tutorials on research sources and tactics.
There is even a 30-question quiz that students can take for immediate feedback on research skills they may lack. Additionally, the quiz results page contains links to the applicable tutorial so that students can immediately read up on the questions they missed and expand their skills.
Another place that students can learn about research is the LibGuides link on the library homepage. The site header says that LibGuides provides “research assistance, database help, and subject guides compiled by your Vol State librarians.”
WOW! There are more than 100,000 academic ebooks in the Library!!
Under ”Contents” of a specific book title, you can use the “search within” tool in the right-hand side toolbar and search for a specific term in the book. The Libguide http://libguides.volstate.edu/ebooks has useful information about ebooks.
Need or want a “physical” book? No problem! Please give the reference librarian the call number of the book, and one of us will locate it on the second floor and bring it to you.
The Thigpen Library has lots of academic-related books to support your research assignments.
Some books are physical, print books; there are 43,000+. Other books are ebooks (electronic books); as a Vol State student, you have access to 150,000+ ebooks. All of the books (physical and ebook) are listed in the Library Catalog.
When you search the Catalog and find a print book you want to examine, give the reference librarian the call number of the book(s) and books will be retrieved from the 2nd floor [a special service during construction]. If you’re an off-campus or online student, a book can be mailed to you. You’ll need to complete and submit the Distance Learning Library Document Delivery form at http://www.volstate.edu/Library/DLBookRequest_form.php
The title you’ve located in the Catalog is an ebook. What to do? Whether you’re in the Thigpen Library or off-campus, when you find an ebook title in the Catalog, simply click on the title. You can open, read, and even print up to 60 pages of an ebook from a computer. It is possible to download an ebook to your personal computer or device when you set-up an ebook account (no charge). The helpful eBook LibGuide posted at http://libguides.volstate.edu/ebooks gives lots of information on using ebooks.
Remember… a helpful librarian is ready to assist you with research. Just ask, call (615-230-3405) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Activity will begin soon to renovate the Library in order to make room for the Learning Commons. On Monday, September 24 folks will be in the Archives Room and the former Honors Room on the second floor taking down and moving shelves; so, expect some noise. The movers will be here Wednesday, September 26 to begin moving the furniture off the second floor in preparation for the first phase of the library construction project. This first phase consists of building two rooms — a new library instruction room and a silent study room — painting and recarpeting. During this first phase the second floor will be closed to library users, but most of the time library staff will be able to go up and retrieve books from the shelves. Also, we have over 60,000 eBooks available at http://www.volstate.edu/library/eBooks.php. Please be patient as together we all deal with the noise and other inconveniences.
If your NoodleBib (NoodleTools) account asks you to “revalidate”, it is an annual occurrance after August 1. NoodleTools wants to be sure you are a Vol State student and authorized to use NoodleBib through Vol State’s subscription agreement with NoodleTools. The revalidation occurs automatically when you login using either an on-campus computer or remotely login one time through the NoodleBib link on the Library’s web page at http://www.volstate.edu/Library/.
If prompted for a revalidation, you can skip the revalidation process for up to 3 weeks. Why wait? Go ahead and revalidate. You’ll be ready to use NoodleBib the next time you need it, plus you will be able to go directly to the NoodleTools website for access.
Looking for a database to help you find contrasting ideas about a topic? Try searching Opposing Viewpoints in Context. You will find it on the Library’s alphabetical list of databases webpage http://www.volstate.edu/Library/Alphabetical.php. The database is also listed on the “Current Events” and “Persuasive” subject database webpages.
It’s a good idea to search more than one database. CQ Researcher and ProQuest may have the information you need. Happy searching!