The ins and outs of library databases

Databases – huh? is a 20 minute Learn@the Library workshop which meets on Tuesday Sep. 21 and introduces you to the the basics of using the library’s databases. Databases are THE source of articles from magazines and journals; this is good stuff to know. Your professor expects you to use these information resources so come by on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. in the Library’s Rosemary Rogers Research Center.

As a bonus  two Vol State t-shirts will be given away.

Quick lesson in NoodleBib

NoodleBib is a web-based citation tool that helps you create a properly formatted citation and works cited page in your choice of MLA, APA, or Chicago.

Come to the library’s Research Center at 2:30 on Tuesday, September 13 and leave in 20 minutes with a NoodleBib account and the knowledge to create a citation your professor will love. (You also have a chance to win a Vol State t-shirt on Tuesday and a flash drive in October.)

Can’t make it on September 13? Watch this blog for future announcements or use our Cite Your Sources LibGuide.

Learn@ the Library workshops with door prizes

Each semester your Vol State librarians offer workshops to help students with their research. This semester we will present 3 topics plus we will be giving away Vol State t-shirts, a SEEK water bottle, and a flash drive. Each session lasts from 15 to 20 minutes and meets at 2:30 p.m. in the library’s Research Center.

Brought back by popular demand is the workshop “NoodleBib: the easy way to do citations.” Our other two workshops are “Databases – huh?” and “Books and e-books.” More details about each workshop will appear later in our blog.

If you can’t wait for the details to appear in our blog stop by the library and pick up one of our publicity flyers.

A helpful place

Need help?

  • Need to read a textbook?  Ask at the long, tall desk (1st floor; left-hand side inside Library).  Many faculty have provided a textbook for 2 hours use in the Library only.  You will need your Vol State I.D. to check out the textbook and any library materials.
  • Need to use a computer?   Know your Vol State username and password to log in to a computer. Ask the computer lab assistant for help (1st floor; main aisle and close to the photocopying room).
  • Need to make a photocopy?  Can do! 10 cents a page.
  • Need help finding a book, magazine, newspaper or journal article?  Ask the person at the first desk on the right inside the Library.
  • Need help @ the Livingston, McGavock or Springfield libraries?  On-site staff are there to help you.  Please call 615-230-3405 for more help or email

Please ask for help! Everybody on the Thigpen Library staff wants you to have a successful semester!