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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!

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

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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.

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

Using Lynda.com: a testimonial

I am an advocate of “work smarter not harder” and Lynda.com is helping me practice what I preach. Vol State provides free access to this online education service with its video courses in software, creative, and business skills. In the future I hope to use these courses to explore some personal interests but currently my focus is improving my job skills.

A course on Microsoft Outlook taught me to use rules more effectively and send certain emails to folders. This combined with using flags for follow-ups turned my Inbox into a minimalist’s showcase. I am using courses and playlists in Lynda.com to learn other skills needed for special work projects.

My ah-hah moment with Lynda.com came when I decided to pursue certification as Microsoft Office Specialist through the free MS Certification program offered at Vol State. Since I am a long-time power user of Word I simply reviewed the topics listed on the Microsoft website before taking the test. The MOS test was hard and I didn’t complete it but I passed. I used a Lynda.com course and its accompanying practice files to prep for the Certification test in Excel. I completed the test with time to spare and scored higher than on my Word certification despite only using basic Excel functions on a regular basis.

Start working smarter with help from Lynda.com.

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Library Haiku

A SOURCE, OF COURSE

Lost while researching

Worry not for we are here

Thigpen saves the day

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GEEK SEEK

Technology trends

The cutting edge we are there

See library friends

Go Pro Camera

Bibliophiles Paradise

A book you must have

Read for study or pleasure

Our stacks you should browse

Student browsing book stacks

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Need study as group

The “Big Ask Desk” you should seek

A room we shall grant

Students Using Clear Touch Monitors in Group Study Rooms