Spring into Academic Success

The start of a new semester provides students with a clean slate of classes and new opportunities to learn and grow; it’s also a good opportunity to ask yourself:

What will make me academically successful this semester?

Good answer: making use of your Vol State Thigpen Library‘s resources, services, and spaces (as applicable). Here are some suggestions:

  • Schedule a research consultation with our team of professionals before starting an assignment that requires a research component.
    • 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 services at 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.
  • Watch “Navigating the Library’s Website” to become more efficient at navigating the current website to find what you need.
  • 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.
  • Library specialists are available for in-person assistance at Cookeville, Livingston, and Springfield; please see this guide for their hours.

24/7 ask a librarian services are available via chat and text

***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 $)…

Crunch Time at Thigpen Library

Stressed out about the end-of-semester crunch?

We know the end of the semester is a stressful time. Luckily, Thigpen Library can help with those final papers and presentations and even provide a bit of well-deserved relaxation!

Research Assistance

Librarians help you navigate the library’s resources and find great sources for your papers. Every topic is different, so be sure to talk to a librarian one-on-one about your individual topic. There are several ways to get research help:

  • In-person @ Thigpen Library
    • M: 8:00-8:00
    • T-R: 8:00-6:00
    • F: 8:00-4:00
  • Call us @ 615-230-3400 during the hours above
  • Email: librarian@volstate.edu
  • Chat with a librarian 24/7
  • Text with a librarian 24/7: 615-956-2275

Are you a student at Cookeville, Livingston, or Springfield? We have library specialists there, too! See the Cookeville, Highland Crest, and Livingston Library Sites Guide for research assistance availability.

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Research Guides

Do you ever wish you had your own personal guide to navigate the library’s resources? Research Guides can give you a jump-start on that research project or assignment. Guides are created by Vol State librarians and recommend library resources and web resources for any subject, including citations! See the full list of Research Guides available on the website.

Practice that Presentation

You may know about the library’s group study rooms but did you know we have a room dedicated to practicing presentations and speeches? The Practice Presentation room includes technology for recording your speeches to improve your performance. To reserve the Practice Presentation Room, email circulation@volstate.edu

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Borrow Materials from Other Libraries through Interlibrary Loan

The end is near!  (The end of the semester, that is.) Maybe you’re procrastinating on doing research for your final paper.  If so, now is the time to start looking for sources.  Thigpen Library has vast amounts of books and articles.  However, there may be that one item you need that could be the difference between an A+ and an A-.  We can request books or articles from another library but it may take a week or two, especially for books.  Thus, time is of the essence.  For more information, or to request a book or article, see the Interlibrary Loan page on the library’s website.

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Take a breather!

The library has a great collection of popular DVDs and books! Stop by the first floor of the library to take a break from studying with a movie or a fun, easy read.

Popular DVDs are on display 1st floor of the library

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If all else fails….

Do you just need a quiet place to rest your head between classes? We have those too!

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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.

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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.