Quick lesson in NoodleBib

NoodleBib is a web-based citation tool that helps you create a properly formatted citation and works cited page in your choice of MLA, APA, or Chicago.

Come to the library’s Research Center at 2:30 on Tuesday, September 13 and leave in 20 minutes with a NoodleBib account and the knowledge to create a citation your professor will love. (You also have a chance to win a Vol State t-shirt on Tuesday and a flash drive in October.)

Can’t make it on September 13? Watch this blog for future announcements or use our Cite Your Sources LibGuide.

Learn@ the Library workshops with door prizes

Each semester your Vol State librarians offer workshops to help students with their research. This semester we will present 3 topics plus we will be giving away Vol State t-shirts, a SEEK water bottle, and a flash drive. Each session lasts from 15 to 20 minutes and meets at 2:30 p.m. in the library’s Research Center.

Brought back by popular demand is the workshop “NoodleBib: the easy way to do citations.” Our other two workshops are “Databases – huh?” and “Books and e-books.” More details about each workshop will appear later in our blog.

If you can’t wait for the details to appear in our blog stop by the library and pick up one of our publicity flyers.

All we want are the facts, ma’am

The United States has 286 million cellular telephone subscribers and is number 3 in the world.

17.7 million adults in the United States  have been diagnosed with hay fever in the past 12 months.

There were 8 infant deaths in Sumner County in 2007 and 19 in 2008.

47.2% of the population of Tajikistan is at the poverty level, the average life expectancy is 67 years, and 100% of the adult population is literate.

Ever need facts such as these?

Check out our new Data [not the android] LibGuide for links to credible web-based resources and useful books in our collection. Use this LibGuide as the starting point to find statistics to bolster your arguments.

Note: The data sources for the above statistics are CIA World Fact Book, CDC Data & Health Statistics, Tennessee Health Statistics, and World Bank: Data. Links available in the afore-mentioned LibGuide.

The End is Near

It’s the week before finals and all through the library
students are scrambling for a computer or a quiet place to study.
Students are stressed, tempers are short, and its late afternoon with no latte around
Tension is high because the essay is due and it must sound profound

Okay, so it’s awful poetry but it does convey the message that the library changes at this time of the semester. Be considerate!

Keep the noise down. The music leaking from your headphones may not be relaxing to those around you. I’m glad Emily and Brandon are back together, but a student needs to study so please take your cell phone call to a designated area.

Computers are needed for academic work. You may find it relaxing to surf the Net and check Facebook updates but it is stressing out the student who needs a computer to complete an assignment. Keep the entertainment breaks short.

One last thing – good luck on your finals!