Extra, extra!! Read all about it! The New York Times has arrived!

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As of June 5th, all Vol State students, faculty, and staff have full access to the digital New York Times through Thigpen Library’s subscription.

Special content that is included with your academic access to the New York Times:

  • World Pages: Up-to-the-minute news specific to every country from around the world. Includes archival information, photos, graphics, audio and video published on a specific topic such as a country or world region (these are part of our TimesTopics pages, with academic utility represented in disciplines ranging from Science to Business.)
  • Videos: Over 37,000 videos available on NYTimes.com, students and faculty can easily search and share compelling content.
  • NYTVR; Featuring immersive virtual reality content.
  • The NewYork Times in Education: Featuring turn-key, learning-outcome aligned activities, using The Times’ content. The resources contained within this site were created by faculty for institutional use.
  • New York Times Article Archive content is available in full text, too (w/some limits).

To take full advantage of this subscription, create an account using your Vol State email.

Want to learn how to create your account and use the New York Times? Register for the InfoBytes Workshop on September 6 at 2:30pm! You can attend the workshop virtually from any computer, too.

InfoBytes – Summer Workshops

For a 20-30 minute investment of time, learn something important!

Thigpen Library’s InfoBytes sessions can be attended online via Zoom (web-conference) or in person (Library Instruction Center Room 226, Gallatin Campus).lynda.com logo

Summer InfoBytes workshops are scheduled as follows:

Discover how Lynda.com can help you learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

Beginning in early June (6/5) the New York Times Online is available to everyone at Vol State. Get the basics of setting up your personal account so that you can use this resource for your professional and academic needs.

Need suggestions for your summer reading? Can’t keep up with the latest book of the week from James Patterson? The answer may lie in Books & Authors, a resource from the Tennessee Electronic Library.

Do you need to brush up on your writing skills? Is the ACT, SAT, LSAT, GRE, or GMAT in your future? Then you need to know about LearningExpress Library. This wonderful free resource from the Tennessee Electronic Library can help you with your educational and career goals.

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InfoBytes are presented to you by Thigpen Library’s crackerjack team of experts. Knowledge is yours: just ASK.


April Brings Library Joy!

April is one of the most joyful months for Thigpen Library. Why? I’m glad you asked.

National Poetry Month in French and EnglishApril is National Poetry Month.

April is Autism Awareness Month.

April includes National Library Week (April 9-15, 2017).

Thigpen Library in Gallatin is honoring these important occasions throughout the month of April with several lovely displays (upstairs, downstairs, and lobby).

Another reason to visit Thigpen Library in April? Relieve some stress!

Our “Secret Cinema” and “LOL” film displays will provide you with some great movie-viewing options. Express yourself by writing your own poem or creating  your own Haiku on our whiteboard display.

Game Day (ping pong! cards! board games!) will be held on April 12 (10a – 2p, Rochelle Center) bring a friend, play a game, and grab a treat.

But – wait! There’s more: wonderful surprises and support in store for students throughout the month of April. Stop by your Vol State in Gallatin library to explore and enjoy. Happy April, everyone!

Check these out!

promotion for National Library Week

What is your librarian an expert in—finding sources, medieval history, recommending books—or are they an expert in making you smile?  Let the world know that you appreciate your “expert in the library” during National Library Week 2017. 

Your response can be text, a photo or a video posted to Twitter, Instagram, or posted directly to the I Love Libraries Facebook page.
Use the printable props we’ve provided or be original. Creativity is encouraged. Just be sure to include the hashtag #expertinthelibrary and post between Saturday, April 8 at noon CT and Saturday, April 15 at noon CT for a chance to win the $100 Visa gift card.* Extra points if you tag your library (#thigpenlibrary) in the post.

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Win Your March Madness Academic Bracket!

blank tournament bracketAs NCAA teams compete for a chance to win the championship title, students, too, must jump through hoops to successfully complete their research assignments to give them a chance to earn those degrees and certificates. A winning strategy: ask a librarian for research assistance!

How can you “Ask a Librarian” for assistance?

With the well-deserved Spring Break behind us, it is time for us get back to “reality”. The semester is at the mid-point and due dates for assignments are quickly approaching. Do you have a research assignment? The Thigpen Library on the main campus in Gallatin is not only a place to find your resources but also a place to get help with your research. Too, library staff at the sites in Cookeville, Livingston, and Springfield are eager to assist you.

How can the library help you?

The Librarians and Library Staff can:

  • provide guidance for academic-level research
  • assist with research for class assignments
  • provide tools and strategies to obtain credible resources
  • evaluate sources
  • provide instruction in the use of electronic resources, such as Databases
  • offer search tips or other research-related assistance
  • keep you updated on new library resources as well as library news and events

We can help you find the resources necessary to successfully complete assigned research projects. If you are unfamiliar with how to do research or unfamiliar with the resources available at our library, we will be glad to guide and teach you. Even if you are familiar with the means and methods of research, the library can tell you about new materials or resources that might be unknown to you. If you cannot find information on a certain topic, please check with us. We may be able to assist by recommending various search terms or provide other tips to assist in your search for applicable, meaningful and scholarly resources.

The topic that you select for your assignments will ultimately determine what types of resources will best suit your needs for your research. Often times, a narrow topic may lead to a limited number of relevant, scholarly resource materials. On the other hand, a broad topic may lead to “information overload.” Do not become frustrated if you run into struggles, though. We have many types of resources and other “tip and tricks” available to you, so please “Ask a Librarian.”