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.

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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