Crunch Time at Thigpen Library

Stressed out about the end-of-semester crunch?

We know the end of the semester is a stressful time. Luckily, Thigpen Library can help with those final papers and presentations and even provide a bit of well-deserved relaxation!

Research Assistance

Librarians help you navigate the library’s resources and find great sources for your papers. Every topic is different, so be sure to talk to a librarian one-on-one about your individual topic. There are several ways to get research help:

  • In-person @ Thigpen Library
    • M: 8:00-8:00
    • T-R: 8:00-6:00
    • F: 8:00-4:00
  • Call us @ 615-230-3400 during the hours above
  • Email: librarian@volstate.edu
  • Chat with a librarian 24/7
  • Text with a librarian 24/7: 615-956-2275

Are you a student at Cookeville, Livingston, or Springfield? We have library specialists there, too! See the Cookeville, Highland Crest, and Livingston Library Sites Guide for research assistance availability.

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Research Guides

Do you ever wish you had your own personal guide to navigate the library’s resources? Research Guides can give you a jump-start on that research project or assignment. Guides are created by Vol State librarians and recommend library resources and web resources for any subject, including citations! See the full list of Research Guides available on the website.

Practice that Presentation

You may know about the library’s group study rooms but did you know we have a room dedicated to practicing presentations and speeches? The Practice Presentation room includes technology for recording your speeches to improve your performance. To reserve the Practice Presentation Room, email circulation@volstate.edu

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Borrow Materials from Other Libraries through Interlibrary Loan

The end is near!  (The end of the semester, that is.) Maybe you’re procrastinating on doing research for your final paper.  If so, now is the time to start looking for sources.  Thigpen Library has vast amounts of books and articles.  However, there may be that one item you need that could be the difference between an A+ and an A-.  We can request books or articles from another library but it may take a week or two, especially for books.  Thus, time is of the essence.  For more information, or to request a book or article, see the Interlibrary Loan page on the library’s website.

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Take a breather!

The library has a great collection of popular DVDs and books! Stop by the first floor of the library to take a break from studying with a movie or a fun, easy read.

Popular DVDs are on display 1st floor of the library

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If all else fails….

Do you just need a quiet place to rest your head between classes? We have those too!

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Ask a Librarian Now 24/7!

Struggling at 2:00 A.M. with research for your assignment?
Panicking at 4:00 A.M. about citing credible sources in your paper?

KEEP CALM & CHAT ON!

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

24 hours/day
7 days/week

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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

Prefer to work directly with a Vol State Librarian?

The library offers one-on-one research help when you:

Need to borrow books, DVDs or technology like video cameras, graphing calculators, voice recorders or photo cameras?
Explore the host of services offered at Thigpen Library and all of Vol State’s campuses and sites!

Library Haiku

A SOURCE, OF COURSE

Lost while researching

Worry not for we are here

Thigpen saves the day

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GEEK SEEK

Technology trends

The cutting edge we are there

See library friends

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Bibliophiles Paradise

A book you must have

Read for study or pleasure

Our stacks you should browse

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Need study as group

The “Big Ask Desk” you should seek

A room we shall grant

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Thigpen Library: Beyond The Books!

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Nashville building graffiti; photo by Mike Hitzelberger

The word “library” is usually associated with stacks filled with books. Thigpen Library is proud of its 47000+ print volumes (with 300K+ online!) covering numerous topics of relevance to Vol State’s academic programs; plus, it offers a small browsing collection offers popular titles to satisfy leisure reading interests, including graphic novels and a rotating selection of audio books on CD.

What is the difference between a library and a bookstore?

  • Libraries = obtain what you need for free!
  • Bookstores = pay for what you need.

Consider this: Thigpen Library goes beyond the book in terms of what it offers to support teaching and learning at Vol State. Let’s examine this idea further.

Library Spaces in Gallatin:

Whether you need a place to relax, use a computer, and/or study for your classes, Thigpen Library in Gallatin provides different spaces to meet personal preferences.

  • Spaces to think or reflect: quiet and silent study areas allow for deeper concentration and engagement with course material with minimal distractions.
  • Spaces to congregate: importantly, the library provides areas with comfortable seating wherein quiet conversations are welcome- this kind of friendly, low-key environment helps build camaraderie between peers to enrich the college experience.
  • Spaces to collaborate: includes technology-rich study rooms for collaboration on group assignments and to facilitate learning partnerships (e.g. study groups, test review & preparation, etc.), large tables for groups, as well as access to computers and printing.

Space is more limited at the site libraries– yet, the rooms will, too, accommodate different user needs.

Library Services – ALL locations:

Thigpen Library supports Vol State students and employees regardless of site location or distance learning status with our services!

Abundant virtual services include:

  • Chat & text with us! If you have any questions about your research assignment, finding information using library databases & other resources, hours of operation, or whatever else you need from the library, then easily ask us for an answer.
  • Research consultation appointments are available: schedule a virtual web conference (held via Skype) with a librarian to receive research assistance; or, arrange a time to meet with us in person.
  • Email us or call us – we’re here to help you however it’s most convenient for you to contact us.

Thigpen Library checks out technologies to students and employees.

Need to create a video for a project or class presentation? Need voice recording equipment? Want to borrow a graphing calculator? Here’s a list of all the technologies we lend for free. If you take classes or work at the sites: although some equipment is available immediately, other items reside only at the Gallatin campus; simply request the technology you need to be sent to your location.

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Check out a GoPro!

Interlibrary Loan is Free!

That’s right: if you need a book that’s not in Thigpen Library in Gallatin’s existing collections or if there’s an article that you need for your research that’s not available in full text from Thigpen Library databases, then we’ll try to obtain it from other libraries through our interlibrary loan services.

Do you live close to another TBR/UT system college library? Request a TALC card and borrow directly from that library.

But Wait, There’s …More Services

Students, are you wondering if your class textbook is available for check out? Check to see if it’s available from our course reserves collections. Need help creating citations? See our citation guide – or access NoodleBib. Do you want to find the best database resources for your topic? These guides are designed for you!

Are you a faculty member seeking to schedule a library instruction session? Need to borrow a laptop for a conference? Want to learn more about Open Educational Resources or find tools to help you navigate copyright & fair use issues? For all of that and more – see the Faculty Services guide!

For anyone at the Livingston, Cookeville, and Springfield sites, consult this information for services specific to those locations.

This page provides a comprehensive list of services. Perhaps our most important service? Research assistance: Ask A Librarian.

Send us your feedback!

Thigpen Library is always interested in hearing from you. Tell us how we’re doing in support of your teaching, learning, working needs at Vol State. Is there something that you want us to provide that we’re not providing for you, already? Could be a service we might add, a new technology you want to check out, or a new space configuration that you would find helpful. We want to know! Contact us or use the feedback form.