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.

 

 

NoodleTools requires users to revalidate

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.

 

Databases: They can be your source for magazine, journal and newspaper articles

Welcome Students!   When you get class assignments to find a magazine, journal or newspaper article, the Library’s databases are a good source.   Look at the EResources webpage at http://www.volstate.edu/Library/Resources.php; it will link you to almost 50 databases (databases contain lots of articles).  You may discover you need a little help selecting or searching the databases… no problem!  If you are in the Library, just ask a librarian to guide you through the process.  If you’re off-campus, we want you to pick up the phone and call 615-230-3405 or email librarian@volstate.edu.

Whether on or off-campus, you will be able to read full-text articles, save them and print them.  Do remember to make a note of the database where you found the article; you’ll need it to create a bibliographic citation—but that’s something to think about another time.

Students and Vol State employees have off-campus access to the databases and other library resources, such as ebooks.  You can connect to the databases when off-campus by entering your Vol State email username and password (not your V-Number) when needed.

Happy searching!  Remember, we are ready to help you find information!

Your Vol State Librarians

Off-Campus Access to Library’s E-Resources

When off-campus, Vol State students, faculty and staff can access databases and ebooks.  On the Resources web page, click on the material you want to search.  Enter your Vol State username, such as jasmith, and your Vol State password when requested.  This is the same username and password you enter to log into a computer in the Library or a computer lab.

Happy Searching!