Study Smart: Libraries After Dark

Reneau Howard

As Evening Circulation Assistant, I may be biased, but I believe the library is a great place to be when the sun goes down.

Successful students devote hours outside of class to studying, writing papers, and completing projects, and the library is the perfect environment to do that!

No roommates, no TV, no children, no pets… all things that can derail a perfectly planned evening of studying.

Come to the library to get more done in less time!

Come for close parking. Our campus is safe and well lit, and a security guard can escort you to your car.

Come for help researching or citing. We can save you lots of time by showing you the right tool or finding the perfect sources.

Come for our study rooms: there’s never a problem finding one at night!

Consider committing at least one evening per week at the library; you will be amazed at how much you accomplish and are better prepared for your exams!

Hardin Valley Library is open until 9pm and other libraries until 7.30p Monday to Thursday. See all library hours.

Money Smart Week

Money smart week iconDuring Money Smart Week, we are partnering with the Financial Aid Office to help get your finances into shape and empower you to make sound financial decisions.

All income levels are welcomed! Events cover all facets of personal finance: making a budget for the first time, Money as You Grow, and Smart Saving for College.

Money Smart Events:

  • Mar 20, Strawberry, 11a-1p
  • Mar 21, Hardin Valley, 10:30a–1p
  • Mar 22, Blount, 11a–1p
  • Mar 28, Magnolia, 11a–1p
  • Mar 29, Division, 11a–1p

SPCH 2100 Guide

microphone in front of crowd. photo courtsey of John DiewWhat’s a primary source? How do I find credible sources? What’s a database…? Is that like Google? What do you mean I have to “use” APA? Is that like Google?

If you’re asking these questions, you’re probably taking SPCH 2100.

Get the answers to these questions and more on our newly updated SPCH 2100 Guide (!

Terrified of public speaking? Our Overcoming Anxiety page has a video, books, and ebooks that can help you conquer your fear.Check out our assignment pages for the informative speech, persuasive speech, and occasion speech. Each page offers instructions on getting started with the assignment, specific resources to search, and how-to videos.

Not sure where to start? The How to Research page takes you from picking a topic to finding sources and from evaluating sources to citing them.

New MLA & APA Templates

Template documents are located on the first page of the MLA & APA pagesAre you not a computer person but have to write a paper?

On our Citation Guide (, you can download a fully formatted Word document for APA and MLA.

The templates have super-simple directions like “double-click to insert short title (50 characters or less).”Example of MLA Template document

They offer tips on writing in academic style, quoting correctly, and finding trustworthy sources. They have directions for creating an abstract and conclusion, and they link to a thesis generator!

Don’t forget, librarians can help you find great sources for your paper, and PSCC tutors can give you feedback on your writing.

We can get you on your way to an A!

Your Blount Librarian: Maud Mundava

Maud MundavaAs the new Blount Librarian, Maud hopes to partner with faculty to enhance student success.

Maud’s favorite thing about the library is its ever-changing nature, the respect for intellectual freedom, and promotion of equal access to information to enlighten our communities. Most importantly, she learns something new every day at the library and can make a difference by helping people: “I believe libraries shine in their communities as long as they meet the needs of their diverse constituencies.”

Maud may be new to Blount Library, but you may recognize her from the Reference Desk at the Hardin Valley Library. Prior to joining us, she worked at the Atlanta University Center in Georgia and UTK.

She looks forward to offering APA workshops and helping organize the African American Read-In, Library Staff Open House, and the Faculty Achievement Celebration. Please encourage your students to attend these events!

Maud’s favorite quote is by Nelson Mandela: “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others the permission to do the same.”

Contact Maud at