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!

 

The Complete Idiot's Guide to FootballLeadership Lessons from Professional Football

 

 

 

Ebooks are great!

WOW!  There are more than 100,000 academic ebooks in the Library!!

Under “Contents” of a specific book title, you can use the “search within”  tool in the right-hand side toolbar and search for a specific term in the book.  The Libguide http://libguides.volstate.edu/ebooks has useful information about ebooks.

Need or want a “physical” book?  No problem!  Please give the reference librarian the call number of the book, and one of us will locate it on the second floor and bring it to you.

Need a book to support your research?

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:  librarian@volstate.edu.

 

 

Quick intro to library resources

Faced with a research assignment this semester? Does the phrase “cite your sources” send chills up your spine? Let the Library help ease your frustrations and anxiety. Join us at one of our Learn@the Library workshops this semester and learn about books, e-books, databases, and NoodleBib.

The first two sessions occur this Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan 24 and 25. On Tuesday learn about databases, your source of articles. On Wednesday learn how to find books – both print and digital – in our collection.

Sessions begin at 2:30 p.m. in the library’s Research Center, located on the first floor behind the Reference desk. 15 minutes in one of these sessions may save hours of frustration later.