Thanksgiving break – library closed

cornocupia with fall vegetablesThigpen Library will be closed for the 2019 Thanksgiving holiday. We close Wednesday, November 27 at 4:30 PM CT and reopen Monday, December 2 at 7:30 AM CT. You can always check on our current hours from the main page of the library’s website.

The physical library may be taking a break but the online library remains open 24/7. Databases, NoodleTools, and research guides are waiting to help you. Enjoy your break from classes.

 

ProQuest Research Library – you can’t get there from Google

Google is search engine. A search engine finds stuff on the Web. Duh, you say. Consider this — you can find my Facebook account through Google but you can’t see much about my account unless you have a Facebook account and I have authorized you to see my stuff.

This same concept applies to Thigpen Library databases. Google will find the company ProQuest and information on the database Research Library, but it will not find Thigpen Library’s subscription which allows people currently affiliated with Vol State to use the database. The only way to access our ProQuest Research Library subscription account is to use an “official” Thigpen Library link. An “official” link does two things. One action of the link is to send you to our subscription / account. The other action is to verify that you are an authorized user. If you are not using Vol State computer network you will be routed through a “proxy server” for authorization as a user.

Save time and avoid frustration – use the Force of Thigpen Library links.

Veterans – remember and support them everyday

November 11 is a day of remembrance in the United States and other countries around the world. The date is significant because at 11:00 AM on November 11, 1918 a cease fire ended the fighting in World War One. The date was known as Armistice Day until 1954 when President Eisenhower signed a proclamation naming it Veterans Day to honor veterans of all American wars.

Now on November 11 wesalute everyone who has served in the United States military. I encourage you to learn and share the stories of your relatives and friends who served in the military. Share your stories of life in the military. Support government and non-profit services for veterans. Remember and support our veterans daily.

Here are some links to connect veterans with local, state, and national resources.

Directory of Veterans Service Organizations [PDF]

Veterans Affairs [US]

Veterans Services [Tennessee]

Veterans Affairs [Vol State]

 

Trustworthy medical information from HON

Did you know that a website can be officially authorized as credible? Read on before dismissing this assertion as a fake news story. Health on the Net Foundation (www.hon.ch) certifies websites that provide health and medical information. Websites affix the HONcode to a webpage to let you know it is “approved.” For example, go to the Mayo Clinic’s Diseases and Conditions page, scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see the HONcode. And Dr. Oz’s website? No code for him; however, give him credit for honesty since his site is clearly labeled: “This website is for informational and entertainment purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.” So for credible medical and health information on the web be sure to look for the code. You can also use the foundation’s specialized medical search engine (HONsearch) to discover reliable medical information.