Thigpen Library’s spring break operating schedule is as follows:
- March 4, Open 8a-4p
- March 6-10, Open 8a-4:30p
- March 11, Closed
Thigpen Library provides access to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), the ultimate English language dictionary. Find it on the Thigpen shelves (PE 1625 .O86 2001) or online in the O section of our A to Z database listing.
Or simply define a word straight from the search bar in an internet search engine. In Google use Def:, followed by the word, ie. Def: simple and in DuckDuckGo use Define.
Escape from the same old search engine routine and try DuckDuckGo. This search engine offers robust personal privacy options and gets you where you want to go quicker. The results page is less cluttered, better organized, and offers links to topics related to your search terms. The meanings tab (for an example, see this search on Belgium) can get more precise results
I am an advocate of “work smarter not harder” and Lynda.com is helping me practice what I preach. Vol State provides free access to this online education service with its video courses in software, creative, and business skills. In the future I hope to use these courses to explore some personal interests but currently my focus is improving my job skills.
A course on Microsoft Outlook taught me to use rules more effectively and send certain emails to folders. This combined with using flags for follow-ups turned my Inbox into a minimalist’s showcase. I am using courses and playlists in Lynda.com to learn other skills needed for special work projects.
My ah-hah moment with Lynda.com came when I decided to pursue certification as Microsoft Office Specialist through the free MS Certification program offered at Vol State. Since I am a long-time power user of Word I simply reviewed the topics listed on the Microsoft website before taking the test. The MOS test was hard and I didn’t complete it but I passed. I used a Lynda.com course and its accompanying practice files to prep for the Certification test in Excel. I completed the test with time to spare and scored higher than on my Word certification despite only using basic Excel functions on a regular basis.
Start working smarter with help from Lynda.com.