Ease your research anxiety

In Oz it may be Lions, and tigers, and bears. Oh my! But in the library we hear  databases, articles, and MLA. Oh my! The library can help relieve your research anxiety.

The library is more than just a place to take a break between classes. Through our Learn@ the Library programs we offer you the opportunity to improve your research skills, find better articles faster, and easily create a works cited page.

All Learn@the Library sessions meet in the Research Center on the first floor of the library. Stop by —  reservations not needed.

Our first session, NoodleBib: the easy way to do citations, meets on Tuesday, September 14 at 11:15 a.m. and in only 30 minutes you can learn about this free web-based citation and note-taking tool. Learn how to create a works cited page or annotated bibliography formatted in MLA, APA or Chicago style.

Don’t worry if you can’t make this session. We will offer it again on October 12 at 11:15 a.m. and October 13 at 2:30 p.m.

Watch this space for more information on our sessions Databases and e-Books: Your 24/& Library and Databases – there’s more than one way to search.

Need to borrow a textbook?

A lot of instructors give the Library a copy of textbooks so students can read them in the Library for 2 hours.  That’s right:  The textbooks stay in the Library!

Guess you want to know which textbooks are available at the Gallatin Campus and at the Livingston Center.  You can find out by doing a quick search in the Thigpen Library Catalog VSCC course reserves.

Search the name of your course, for example HED 120.  Textbooks are located at the Circulation Desk on the Gallatin Campus and in the Library at Livingston.  To borrow a textbook, tell the library staff the name of the course and have your Vol State I.D. with you.

Need help?  Ask for Research Assistance or call 615.230.3405.

Livingston and McGavock: You’ve got library service!

On-site library service is available at the Livingston Center and the McGavock Center.

  • The Livingston Library is located directly in front of the main building entrance.  It is open when the Livingston Center is open, and it is staffed by a librarian during posted hours.
  • The McGavock Library is located on the second floor above the Continuing Education Office.  It is open 5:00 – 8:00 Monday – Thursday nights.  A librarian is present each night.

Both libraries contain reference materials, and computer access to the Thigpen Library’s magazine and journal databases, ebooks, NoodleBib, streaming videos, plus the new library tutorial IRIS.  When you need help developing a search strategy, ask the on-site librarian.  If a librarian is not available, call 615.230.3405 or email librarian@volstate.edu.

Welcome to the Library

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A couple of tips to help your library experience be great:

  • Bring your Vol State I.D. to check-out books, videos, laptop computers, study room keys and textbooks.
  • Know your Vol State email username, e.g., jsmith5, and your password.  You’ll need these to log on to the library computers.  Don’t forget to log out, or someone else can use your account.