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Thigpen Library Research Guides

OPH 105: Overview

Resources to assist students with their ophthalmic research assignment for this class.

  Resources useful for research on ophthalmic topics and international assignment for OPH 105


Ophthalmology Organizations

Web Discovery Tools

PubMed and Google Scholar are free websites that provide access to scholarly research and other information. Of note, PubMed is an important web-based database for finding research articles in the health sciences. Use Google Scholar and PubMed in conjunction with Thigpen Library's "Journal Finder" tool or Pioneer Search to determine if the library's database subscriptions provide full text access for articles identified through these free sites.

Google Scholar Search

When using Google Scholar from off-campus, configure its results to link to Vol State Library's full text collections.

  1. Choose the Gear Settings Icon at the top of the Google Scholar search screen.
  2. Select Library Links from the left-side options menu.
  3. Enter "Volunteer State Community College" into the search box; then select the Magnifying Glass Icon.
  4. Check the box for the Volunteer State listing (as well as "Open WorldCat") and then Save.

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Databases for Ophthalmology Research

Find Journals (Periodicals)

Journal Finder is helpful when you are looking for a specific journal or magazine title in full-text from Thigpen Library's resources. The best approach for finding articles from periodicals is to search the databases.

Find Books in Thigpen Library

Medical books in print are in the R section on the shelves. Ophthalmology books are in the RE section on the shelves. Relevant titles are also available in QP475.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (“ILL”) is the exchanging of books and materials between libraries to support the educational endeavors of students, faculty and staff at Volunteer State Community College.

Resources to consult prior to requesting materials:

  • If you are seeking full text for an article from a known periodical citation, please use our Journal Title List and enter the publication name (e.g. Rolling Stone, Harvard Business Review) to see if the library already provides full text access.
  • If you are seeking a book, DVD, or other non-periodical resource, please consult the Pioneer Search or WorldCat to determine if the library already owns the material.

Who may borrow?

Vol State faculty, staff, students; and, community patrons with valid Vol State library card. 

What are the guidelines?

  • Limit of two (2) items at a time per student or community patron; faculty/staff limits are dependent on volume & nature of requests.
  • Allow 2 to 3 weeks for delivery of materials.
  • Course textbooks will not be requested.
  • Borrower is responsible for any late, damaged or lost item fees imposed by the lending library.
  • Physical materials will be sent to patrons at Cookeville, Livingston, and Springfield; select the appropriate campus location using the appropriate field within the "Book or DVD" request form.