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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!

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Mobile apps. for your phone/tablet? Check!
Full text for popular magazines? Check!

Introducing the library’s latest digital resource:

Flipster

 

Flipster is a next-generation magazine service that allows people to browse digital versions of the latest issues of popular magazines, courtesy of Thigpen Library. Flipster is available on a trial basis through July only. Login with your My VolState/eLearn username and password from off-campus. Over 900 full text magazines are available and cover a vast range of topics (for adults and kids, too).

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Remember: Flipster is mobile!

*A note about the mobile application in iTunes per iPad testing: when you open a title in Flipster, you’ll see a “cookies must be enabled” message and then an excessive amount of white space. Scroll, scroll, scroll down the white space until you see the menu menu icon icon. From the menu, you can open up the magazine in the Flipster app.

Please help us determine if Flipster is beneficial to our patrons so that we can make good purchasing decisions. Try it out!

Please send feedback about Flipster to Sarah Smith, Director of Library Services, or via this form.

Look Out You Rock ‘n’ Rollers

“Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes!”
“Turn and face the strange changes…”
—David Bowie*

It’s not just a classic pop song by David Bowie:
It’s what VolState Library is bringing to YOU via our LIBRARY WEBSITE (as well as our new Library-branded logo). [See below & thanks, VolState Public-Relations team!]

On Tuesday July 12, the Library will launch a new interface to our website named “PIONEER SEARCH” to honor Vol State’s very own Pioneers.  This new online presence is a front-end product called “Primo” by library vendor, Ex Libris, which is necessary in order to connect with the library’s entirely new back-end catalog called “Alma”.

Please BE PATIENT during this transitional period!
And please ASK US if you’re struggling to find what you need – we’re here to help!

LIBRARY  WEBSITE  CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES

TUESDAY JUNE 28 – FRIDAY JULY 15

FINDING Books & E-Books: continue to use the one-stop search box in the center of the library’s home page; starting on July 8 and through July 13, search eBooks only; the library’s old catalog works but does not reflect current data.

FINDING Newspapers, Videos, Lynda.com and NoodleBib:  as usual, use the direct links to these resources from the library’s home page.

FINDING Articles:

ASK A LIBRARIAN! 

USE THE LIBRARY’S GUIDES

  • Research guides will help you identify disciplinary-specific databases and other resources that are related to your topics. For example, if you want to research the psychological effects of social media use, you would use the library’s “Psychology” guide.

PROQUEST RESEARCH LIBRARY

  • This database provides access to articles on every topic – highly recommended!

SEARCH FOR A SPECIFIC DATABASE

Go to the green box named “Databases” on the library’s home page to locate an A to Z list of all the library’s subscription databases.

TUESDAY JULY 12 WEDNESDAY, JULY 13

Stay tuned as we roll out new instructions for navigating PIONEER SEARCH on Wednesday, July 13!

*Learn more about Bowie’s “Changes” [Source: Wikipedia] or listen to a version posted to YouTube.

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