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At any time day or night, research assistance from Vol State’s Thigpen Library is just keystrokes away at the speed of CHAT!

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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

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Get Schooled on the Electoral College!

GET SCHOOLED ON THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE!

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What do Presidents John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, and George W. Bush have in common?  None of them won the popular vote during their respective presidential elections.  However, the most “popular” person (a.k.a the person with the most votes) doesn’t always win.

For some of you, this may be your first time to vote in a presidential election.  Maybe you’ve heard the term “Electoral College” but have no idea what it means. The United States Electoral College is the establishment that elects the President. The Electoral College consists of 538 electors from the fifty states and Washington, D.C.  A majority of 270 votes must be received by a candidate in order to win the presidency.

The Electoral College was established to make sure that the voters in the smaller states have a voice.  Also, it prevents a candidate with only regional appeal from winning.  The Electoral College is not without controversy.  Some pundits feel that the United States should go to a system of a direct popular vote.  Others say a change would hurt the less populated areas.  What do you think? As always,  before voicing your opinion, we encourage you to do your research! School yourself on the Electoral College by researching the topic before you start a conversation at the family dinner table.

Thigpen Library has plenty of resources. We recommend starting with the Credo Reference DatabaseIssues and Controversies in American History Database or the books listed below.

Securing Democracy:  Why We Have an Electoral College (JK 1976 .S43 2001)

Electoral College:  Anachronism or Bulwark of Democracy? (JK 529 .E44 C85 2001)

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There’s a database for that …

By Livy Simpson

Want to listen to classical music? Music Online: Classical Music Library is waiting for you to tune in.

Want to watch Patrick Stewart (aka Captain Picard) in Hamlet? There is a reserved seat for you at the BBC Shakespeare Plays. Looking for other streaming options? Films on Demand and VAST: Academic Video Collection offer thousands of videos on a multitude of topics.

Want to learn Japanese? Mandarin Chinese? French? German? Italian? Korean? Check out PowerSpeak Languages provided by TEL.

Looking for examples of art and ethnographic objects from Gabon? Reliquary images from the Kota and Fang peoples plus thousands of images from museums and collections around the world are available in Artstor Digital Library.

And for the English essay or research paper due next week? We have many periodical and scholarly journal databases waiting to be searched.

What’s the catch? You have to use the library database links and login with your Vol State username and password.

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Reliquary guardian figure (mbulu ngulu) [created by the Kota People of Gabon]; courtesy of ARTStor

Super Blog 50

SUPER BLOG 50

By Lynda Vincent

This Saturday is the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl. Many of you will be gathered with friends to enjoy food, drink, and watch the big game. (I’m pulling for the old guy, Peyton Manning, myself).

According to Statista, Super Bowl XLIX (40) was the most-watched television program in U.S. history with 114.4 million viewers! (Just think about the tons of chips, dip and soda consumed!)

Infographic: Super Bowl XLIX Draws Record TV Crowd | Statista
You will find more statistics at Statista.

Whether you love all things football, need to brush up on the rules before heading out to that huge party or if you just want to kick back and relax, the library has you covered!

Are you someone who knows very little about football and feels lost when your friends engage in pigskin talk? Try reading The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Football like a Pro. It is available in our eBook collection.

Do you consider yourself a gridiron guru? Try impressing your friends even further by reading Leadership Lessons from Professional Football Championship Wisdom from Super Bowl Champions, also available in our eBook collection. You can learn about leadership skills that will help you when you get that big job.

Or would you rather skip your friends’ big party and watch a heartwarming movie about a football player who overcomes obstacles? Check out The Blind Side in our popular DVD collection.

As always, remember to party responsibly and safely!

 

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