In-person consultations can be scheduled at the VSCC locations in Gallatin, Livingston, Cookeville, and Springfield. They are also available via unscheduled drop-ins during specified hours.
Virtual research consultations are also available by appointment and are held using the College’s Zoom web-conferencing system.
Use 24/7 chat and text servicesat point of need for research assistance and to ask other library-related*** questions such as about our hours, spaces, services, and resources: Text 615-956-2275 (2ASK) or Chat with us now!
Research Guides are the most efficient way to start self-directed research endeavors. You’ll find guides for specific courses (e.g. ENGL 1010/1020) as well as those for specific and general disciplines (e.g. psychology or “health sciences”). Research guides direct you to the most appropriate databases to search for information sources and some include brief educational videos to help you develop your research skills and understanding of the research process.
“Citation Style“ research guide provides resources for applying MLA, APA, Chicago styles to your papers and offers directions to start your subscription to the NoodleTools citation management system. Use NoodleTools to create, collect, share, and download your citations in proper format.
Study in a library and not a busy area where people are moving around and chatting. You will concentrate better with fewer distractions. Thigpen Library in Gallatin offers you 3 different “noise zones,” from conversation-friendly to absolutely silent, to suit your personal preferences. If you’re not near a Thigpen Library location, then visit your local public library or a very quiet cafe’ for similar benefits.
As always, your kind and professional library staff are eager to assist you: CONTACT US.
Thigpen Library in Gallatin supports all VSCC students wherever you may be, including online, taking classes at any VSCC location or dual enrollment, etc. Direct support from Gallatin library staff is available during our hours of operation.
***The physical library locations do have some textbooks & DVDs for film classes available for short-term in-library use through our course reserve services. If you need to lease or purchase a textbook for use all semester? You need the Bookstore (they require $)…
It’s hard to believe that September is almost over. Let’s look forward to all the fun events Thigpen Library has planned for October.
Munching Towards Midterms
FREE pizza will be served in the Thigpen Library lobby to help you through Midterm week! (While supplies last!)
Tuesday, October 9th: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Wednesday, October 10th: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
A Fate Worse than Death: Grave-Robbing in America
Join Vol State librarian Jennifer Weedman as she shares spooky local history about grave-robbers who sold bodies to medical schools in the early 20th century. Both lectures will be held in the Rochelle Center in Thigpen Library. Light refreshments provided.
Monday, October 22nd @ 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Tuesday, October 23rd @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tip & Treat
Help Thigpen Library improve! Stop by to give us a tip on what we do well or what we could do better and get a treat for yourself. Coffee provided at the times below while supplies last.
Tuesday, October 30th: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Wednesday, October 31st: 8:00 – 10:00 am
Fall Break Hours
Fall break is Monday, October 15th & Tuesday, October 16th. Thigpen Library will be open from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm on both days. For our full schedule, see https://volstate.libcal.com/hours/.
Timely to note that a library is not a bookstore. Please direct your textbook purchase/rental inquiries to the VSCC Bookstore directly.
In fact, your Thigpen Library is proud that we’re not a bookstore. Why? We don’t sell anything: we lend everything for free, including books as well as calculators, noise-canceling headphones, laptops, Audio-Visual equipment, and more. More importantly, we spend lots of money on databases to provide 24/7 online access to millions of articles & hundreds of thousands of ebooks in full text to VSCC employees and students. So, we’re proud to be able to remove $ as a barrier to information access through library resources and services.
Chat and text services provide you with the assistance you need to:
choose and search databases effectively for information
identify physical items that you can borrow and use (including some textbooks that your professors put on “course reserve” for short-term access)
learn about library services, such as interlibrary loan
learn about library spaces available for group or individual study.
Fun fact: 3:00AM is the only hour without a chat or text inquiry since the service started in July 2017!