Research Help is ALWAYS Available – Yes, 24/7!

Ask a librarian service provides 24/7 chat and text

Don’t be nervous about your research assignments, the Thigpen Librarians are ready to assist! All you have to do is ask (PLEASE ask). Watch the latest episode of Tidbits by Teri to see all of your options!

24/7 Assistance is available through Chat or text messaging (615-956-2ASK).

You may schedule an appointment for a telephone or Zoom consultation.

Email us at librarian@volstate.edu (please allow up to 48 hours for a response).

 

Thigpen Library is OPEN On-line

Students and faculty have access to many electronic resources through the library’s website.

(If you get a Vol State pop-up box, enter your eLearn username and password.)

 

 

ProQuest Research Library – you can’t get there from Google

Google is search engine. A search engine finds stuff on the Web. Duh, you say. Consider this — you can find my Facebook account through Google but you can’t see much about my account unless you have a Facebook account and I have authorized you to see my stuff.

This same concept applies to Thigpen Library databases. Google will find the company ProQuest and information on the database Research Library, but it will not find Thigpen Library’s subscription which allows people currently affiliated with Vol State to use the database. The only way to access our ProQuest Research Library subscription account is to use an “official” Thigpen Library link. An “official” link does two things. One action of the link is to send you to our subscription / account. The other action is to verify that you are an authorized user. If you are not using Vol State computer network you will be routed through a “proxy server” for authorization as a user.

Save time and avoid frustration – use the Force of Thigpen Library links.

Trustworthy medical information from HON

Did you know that a website can be officially authorized as credible? Read on before dismissing this assertion as a fake news story. Health on the Net Foundation (www.hon.ch) certifies websites that provide health and medical information. Websites affix the HONcode to a webpage to let you know it is “approved.” For example, go to the Mayo Clinic’s Diseases and Conditions page, scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see the HONcode. And Dr. Oz’s website? No code for him; however, give him credit for honesty since his site is clearly labeled: “This website is for informational and entertainment purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.” So for credible medical and health information on the web be sure to look for the code. You can also use the foundation’s specialized medical search engine (HONsearch) to discover reliable medical information.