Stay In Touch With The World

Is college and work keeping you busy? Don’t settle for second-rate news. Get the latest on arts, style, politics, tech, science, sports, travel, and the news from the New York Times Online. Read online on your computer or download the app to your smart phone. It is free for Vol State students, faculty, and staff. Create an account to access Thigpen Library’s subscription. More information available at libguides.volstate.edu/databases/nytimes.

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InfoBytes mini-workshops in August and September

Linking to Library Resources in eLearn

This “back to the classroom” online workshop series runs August 22-25, 2017.

InfoBytes in September

On Wednesday, September 6 @ 2:30 PM learn about New York Times Online, which will be held simultaneously online via Zoom and in the Library Instruction Center (Thigpen 226). For more go to event details and registration (volstate.libcal.com/event/3453878)

On Tuesday, September 12 @ 2:30 PM discover the power of Lynda.com, which will be held simultaneously online via Zoom and in the Library Instruction Center (Thigpen 226). For more information go to event details and registration (volstate.libcal.com/event/3453914)

On Wednesday, September 27 @ 2:30 PM learn how to access Chronicle of Higher Education. This session is online via Zoom. For more information go to event details and registration (volstate.libcal.com/event/3454317)

Preview these resources here:

Define the word

Thigpen Library provides access to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), the ultimate English language dictionary. Find it on the Thigpen shelves (PE 1625 .O86 2001) or online in the O section of our A to Z database listing.

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Or simply define a word straight from the search bar in an internet search engine. In Google use Def:, followed by the word, ie. Def: simple and in DuckDuckGo use Define.

google define

 

How do you search the Web?

Escape from the same old search engine routine and try DuckDuckGo. This search engine offers robust personal privacy options and gets you where you want to go quicker. The results page is less cluttered, better organized, and offers links to topics related to your search terms. The meanings tab (for an example, see this search on Belgium) can get more precise results

duckduckgo

Or consider fetching your search results with the metasearch engine Dogpile. For best results learn the about your search engine, like these Dogpile tricks of the trade.

dogpile

Get more precise results by using these Bing advanced search keywords or these Google Search operators.