The Thigpen Library has lots of academic-related books to support your research assignments.
Some books are physical, print books; there are 43,000+. Other books are ebooks (electronic books); as a Vol State student, you have access to 150,000+ ebooks. All of the books (physical and ebook) are listed in the Library Catalog.
When you search the Catalog and find a print book you want to examine, give the reference librarian the call number of the book(s) and books will be retrieved from the 2nd floor [a special service during construction]. If you’re an off-campus or online student, a book can be mailed to you. You’ll need to complete and submit the Distance Learning Library Document Delivery form at http://www.volstate.edu/Library/DLBookRequest_form.php
The title you’ve located in the Catalog is an ebook. What to do? Whether you’re in the Thigpen Library or off-campus, when you find an ebook title in the Catalog, simply click on the title. You can open, read, and even print up to 60 pages of an ebook from a computer. It is possible to download an ebook to your personal computer or device when you set-up an ebook account (no charge). The helpful eBook LibGuide posted at http://libguides.volstate.edu/ebooks gives lots of information on using ebooks.
Remember… a helpful librarian is ready to assist you with research. Just ask, call (615-230-3405) or email: email@example.com.
Activity will begin soon to renovate the Library in order to make room for the Learning Commons. On Monday, September 24 folks will be in the Archives Room and the former Honors Room on the second floor taking down and moving shelves; so, expect some noise. The movers will be here Wednesday, September 26 to begin moving the furniture off the second floor in preparation for the first phase of the library construction project. This first phase consists of building two rooms — a new library instruction room and a silent study room — painting and recarpeting. During this first phase the second floor will be closed to library users, but most of the time library staff will be able to go up and retrieve books from the shelves. Also, we have over 60,000 eBooks available at http://www.volstate.edu/library/eBooks.php. Please be patient as together we all deal with the noise and other inconveniences.
If your NoodleBib (NoodleTools) account asks you to “revalidate”, it is an annual occurrance after August 1. NoodleTools wants to be sure you are a Vol State student and authorized to use NoodleBib through Vol State’s subscription agreement with NoodleTools. The revalidation occurs automatically when you login using either an on-campus computer or remotely login one time through the NoodleBib link on the Library’s web page at http://www.volstate.edu/Library/.
If prompted for a revalidation, you can skip the revalidation process for up to 3 weeks. Why wait? Go ahead and revalidate. You’ll be ready to use NoodleBib the next time you need it, plus you will be able to go directly to the NoodleTools website for access.
Looking for a database to help you find contrasting ideas about a topic? Try searching Opposing Viewpoints in Context. You will find it on the Library’s alphabetical list of databases webpage http://www.volstate.edu/Library/Alphabetical.php. The database is also listed on the “Current Events” and “Persuasive” subject database webpages.
It’s a good idea to search more than one database. CQ Researcher and ProQuest may have the information you need. Happy searching!