Database Trial Alert: Statista

The Thigpen Library has a trial subscription from now until mid-February to a database called Statista. To access it, just go to statista.com, and you should see a message at the top left of the page that shows you are accessing it through Volunteer State Community College. If you are off-campus, you will first be prompted to log in with your Vol State username and password before gaining access.

So what kind of information does Statista contain? Statista offers access to over 1 million statistics and over 1,000 industry reports. The statistics range in topic from serious content, like the change of price in gasoline in certain countries over a one year period to more fun information, like the average annual household spending on video games. It is the world’s largest statistics portal, so chances are, if you do not find what you need here, then you may have a tough time finding it anywhere!

Statista also offers Infographics, like the one below, that are frequently updated and used by companies such as CNN, ESPN, and Mashable.

Infographic: The Top 10 Winter Box Office Record Breakers | Statista
One of the many infographics that Statista offers

The resources in Statista can be useful for a wide range of subject areas, including all of the academic divisions at Vol State! All of the content can be exported and embedded into papers, reports, PowerPoint or Google presentations, blog postings, and websites. Statista also has a feature that will help users cite their statistics in four different citation styles.

Still have questions about how to use Statista? Watch the video at the top of the post and learn more tips and tricks!

If you would like to know more about how to best use Statista, or you have feedback about it for the library, please contact Amber McKee at 615-230-3406 or by email.

Welcome Back!

Hello, world! All of us here in the Thigpen Library hope you had a great holiday break and are feeling ready to take on the spring semester!

The library’s spring semester hours will begin on Tuesday, January 20 and will be:

Monday – Thursday : 7:30 am – 8:50 pm

Friday: 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

For information about planned closings and changes in hours, visit our website, then scroll down to the section called “Library Hours of Operation.”

We would like to welcome the library’s two newest employees: Meredith Yates and Amber McKee. Meredith is the Library Assistant III and is primarily responsible for overseeing evening circulation services, assisting the Office Supervisor with budget, invoices, and aquisitions, and providing general clerical support for library operations. Amber is the Electronic Resources/Distance Education Librarian and is primarily responsible for managing electronic resources and providing reference and instruction services to on-campus and distance education students (and occasionally writing library blog posts to introduce herself!).

If there is anything that we can do to assist you with your academic success, please visit us or contact us by phone (615-230-3400), email, or through our contact form. We hope that everyone has a wonderful semester!

Participate in the Thigpen Library survey

Students, Faculty, Staff, Administrators, and Community Patrons:

The library staff encourages you to participate in the Thigpen Library survey.  The survey’s purpose is to learn how you use the library and its resources and what your satisfaction level is with various library services at the Thigpen Library and the open computer lab.

Copies are available inside the library on the Gallatin campus. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and help us better understand your library needs.