Crunch Time at Thigpen Library

Stressed out about the end-of-semester crunch?

We know the end of the semester is a stressful time. Luckily, Thigpen Library can help with those final papers and presentations and even provide a bit of well-deserved relaxation!

Research Assistance

Librarians help you navigate the library’s resources and find great sources for your papers. Every topic is different, so be sure to talk to a librarian one-on-one about your individual topic. There are several ways to get research help:

  • In-person @ Thigpen Library
    • M: 8:00-8:00
    • T-R: 8:00-6:00
    • F: 8:00-4:00
  • Call us @ 615-230-3400 during the hours above
  • Email: librarian@volstate.edu
  • Chat with a librarian 24/7
  • Text with a librarian 24/7: 615-956-2275

Are you a student at Cookeville, Livingston, or Springfield? We have library specialists there, too! See the Cookeville, Highland Crest, and Livingston Library Sites Guide for research assistance availability.

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Research Guides

Do you ever wish you had your own personal guide to navigate the library’s resources? Research Guides can give you a jump-start on that research project or assignment. Guides are created by Vol State librarians and recommend library resources and web resources for any subject, including citations! See the full list of Research Guides available on the website.

Practice that Presentation

You may know about the library’s group study rooms but did you know we have a room dedicated to practicing presentations and speeches? The Practice Presentation room includes technology for recording your speeches to improve your performance. To reserve the Practice Presentation Room, email circulation@volstate.edu

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Borrow Materials from Other Libraries through Interlibrary Loan

The end is near!  (The end of the semester, that is.) Maybe you’re procrastinating on doing research for your final paper.  If so, now is the time to start looking for sources.  Thigpen Library has vast amounts of books and articles.  However, there may be that one item you need that could be the difference between an A+ and an A-.  We can request books or articles from another library but it may take a week or two, especially for books.  Thus, time is of the essence.  For more information, or to request a book or article, see the Interlibrary Loan page on the library’s website.

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Take a breather!

The library has a great collection of popular DVDs and books! Stop by the first floor of the library to take a break from studying with a movie or a fun, easy read.

Popular DVDs are on display 1st floor of the library

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If all else fails….

Do you just need a quiet place to rest your head between classes? We have those too!

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Black History Month & Other Celebrations at the Library

The library recognizes monthly celebrations to increase awareness of important issues and celebrate diversity by displaying books and other materials related to these topics. These collections can be found on our  second floor display shelves and the DVD displays on the first floor.

February is National Library Lover’s month, so come to the Thigpen Library and celebrate with us! Read one of our Browsing books for fun or check out one of our popular movies on DVD; curl up with one our graphic novels; visit our Silent Study room for a quiet place to study for that big test.

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To celebrate Black History Month, read the book, Hidden Figures:  The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race or check out the movie! American Heart month is celebrated in February as well.  Do you know the symptoms of a heart attack or stroke?  Read up on the subject in one of our American Heart Month display books.

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Black History Month DVD display

Some of our past monthly displays have been about LGBTQ history, Autism, Aids Awareness, and Native Americans.  Be on the lookout for a Women’s History month display in March. Don’t just rely on calendars to tell you what month it is; take a look at our displays for inspiration on your next great read or movie.

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, Sept. 24 – 30.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Thigpen Library is celebrating Banned Books Week by hosting an open mic on Wednesday, September 27th from 12:45-2:15pm at the SRB Amphitheater (rain location: SRB Performing Arts Space). Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to read a passage from a Banned Book provided by the library.

For more information on banned books, see the American Library Association’s Banned and Challenged Books website.

Why are books challenged?

Books are usually challenged to shield others (typically children) from difficult ideas and information. The most common reasons for banning a book are sexually explicit material, offensive language, or material unsuitable for a particular age group.

Who challenges books?

Typically, books are challenged by parents and library patrons.

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What books have been challenged?

You might be surprised at some of the books that have been challenged. Frequently challenged books include The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird, and the Harry Potter series.

 

 

 

Ask a Librarian Now 24/7!

Struggling at 2:00 A.M. with research for your assignment?
Panicking at 4:00 A.M. about citing credible sources in your paper?

KEEP CALM & CHAT ON!

At any time day or night, research assistance from Vol State’s Thigpen Library is just keystrokes away at the speed of CHAT!

24 hours/day
7 days/week

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Whenever you use Thigpen Library’s online CHAT service or text your questions to 615-956-2ASK (2775), the first available librarian will answer you.

To help complete your research assignments, CHAT can deliver:

  • Knowledge of library resources available to complete your research assignments
  • Tips to find & filter the correct sources that your assignment requires
  • Instruction using library databases to retrieve journal articles or the library’s online catalog to connect to e-books & streaming video
  • Help with the process of academic-level research
  • Search strategies including keyword & search term suggestions
  • Help evaluating a source’s credibility

Prefer to work directly with a Vol State Librarian?

The library offers one-on-one research help when you:

Need to borrow books, DVDs or technology like video cameras, graphing calculators, voice recorders or photo cameras?
Explore the host of services offered at Thigpen Library and all of Vol State’s campuses and sites!