Prologue magazine is a quarterly publication of the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA). Along with the many historical events covered in the publication, there is a monthly feature called Genealogy Notes in every issue. Genealogy Notes was published for the first time in the summer of 1989 and has covered many topics over the years.
I have listed some sample article titles from recent Genealogy Notes below.
v.45: no. 3/4 2013 – Ancestors from the West Indies: A Historical and Genealogical Overview of Afro-Caribbean Immigration, 1900-1930s
v.45: no. 2 2013- “We’re still alive today” A captured Japanese Diary from the Pacific Theater
v.43: no. 3 2011 – Leaving the Army During Mr. Madison’s War: Certificates of Discharge for the War of 1812
v. 42: no. 2 2010 – 68,937 and Counting: Searching Inmate Case Files from the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas.
Some articles may be read online or the print issues are available in the Government Documents Department at Forsyth Library. There is also at least a partial online index to the online Genealogy Notes available.
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The Library of Congress is hosting the site African American History Month. The site is sponsored by several entities and includes links to online exhibits & collections on topics such as, art, music, baseball, and civil rights. Presentations given previously for the various site sponsors are available as video and audio presentations. Links to teacher resources have also been included on this site.
Be sure to check the Forsyth Library Catalog for resources on black history. Many of our newest resources are available to view on your computer or download to your mobile device. If your search results indicate the title is available through ebl you will be required to enter your Tiger Tracks log in information.
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The Forsyth Library staff would like to wish all of our patrons a Happy New Year! We welcome you to visit the library during the intersession. Hours are as follows:
January 2-3 – 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
January 6-10 – 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
January 13-17 – 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Closed on the weekends
Closed January 20, Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Reopen with regular hours on Tuesday, January 21
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Forsyth Library will have longer open hours:
Wednesday & Thursday, December 4 and 5 – 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Friday, December 6 – 7:30 a.m. to Midnight
Saturday, December. 7 – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (regular hours)
Sunday, December 8 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Monday, December 9 – 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
*Pack the Library Night!
Sunday Dec. 8
Free Meal at Forsyth Library Front Lobby for the first 200 Students at 6:00 p.m.! (FHSU I.D. Required)
Staff from the Kelly Center will provide stress and test anxiety counseling on Sunday, December 8; Monday, December 9; and Tuesday, December 10 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Forsyth Library.
Library Staff will be available during all open hours to provide assistance with student research needs.
Memorial Union’s Tiger Market
Finals Feeding Frenzy – Sunday from 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union’s Tiger Market.
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The various flavors of Open Access publishing have changed the publishing industry and publishing processes. Open Access offers researchers more opportunities for publishing. However, with the increased publishing opportunities come risks. How do you know you are publishing with a reputable publisher? Does the publisher really offer peer review? The risks may impact both the researcher publishing a paper, and the researcher writing a paper for class. How do researchers determine if the journal or article they are using meets the standards they would like to have represented in their own work?
A recent article in Science Magazine (v.342-October 4, 2013) examines the issue of open access journals that seem to exist only to part researchers from their money. A spoof research project was created and submitted to multiple open access journals.
The article, Who’s Afraid of Peer Review, discusses the results of this project. The article may not have all the answers, but it certainly helps inform the users about these publications and some of the challenges they may face when using open access journals.
Open-Access Group Sanctions Three Publishers After Science ‘Sting’ (Science Magazine – Nov. 11, 2013)
Selected responses to Who’s Afraid of Peer Review
Critics Say Sting on Open-Access journals Misses Larger Point (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Science Magazine’s Open Access “Sting” (SPARC)
OASPA’s response to the recent article in Science entitled “Who’s Afraid of Peer Review?” (OASPA)
Second response to Bohannon article (DOAJ)
Predatory journals and defective peer review are general academic problems, not just open access problems (blog post – London School of Economic and Political Science)
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iPads are becoming more and more popular at Fort Hays State University. To keep up with this trend, the One Stop Desk has iPads available to checkout for your use.
The Learning Commons is developing a weekly event called Appy Hour that will give us time to informally discuss apps and iPads in the front lobby of Forsyth Library. We’ll be sending out an email with the dates very soon.
One of the most important things to understand regarding iPads defines what they are, and what they are not. For instance, an iPad is great at consuming information and curating information all in one place, such as eBooks. Pdfs, and news sources. iPads rule when it comes to surfing the web and viewing content from interactive apps.
But an iPad is not a storage device. Nothing that you have on an iPad actually resides on the device in a way that can be accessed. Everything on an iPad resides in the apps themselves. While pictures, video, and music take up a lot of space on your iPad, they cannot be accessed by using the iPad as a flash drive storage device.
Word documents reside in ‘the cloud’ via iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, Pages or one of the other word processing apps. This is an important concept to grasp as you use your iPad. You’ll need to set up various cloud-based systems to hold you documents. Personally I use Dropbox and Google Drive so that I can sync the same documents between my laptops, iPads, and even my smartphone.
An age-old question continues to plague the iPad. Can an iPad be your only device while at Fort Hays State University? The technology is there; the question becomes how comfortable you are typing on the keyboard within the iPad. We have a Bluetooth keyboard available for you to try out that also can be a very workable solution for typing papers. Many varieties of Bluetooth keyboards are available for the iPad. So, if you are considering only using an iPad you’ll need to make sure you have adequate cloud-based storage, a comfortable typing solution, and the apps necessary to allow you to complete your coursework. For some departments this is very easy to do. For departments that require more specialized software applications, this may not be possible at this time.
One solution might be to have a desktop or older laptop in your dorm room for typing papers and using Photoshop and other processor intensive programs. And have an iPad to use for note taking, reading, accessing Blackboard and other course materials anytime anywhere.
Have questions about iPads? Stop by and see us in room 112 of Forsyth Library.
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First, we want to clear something up! Forsyth Library is still where students come to check out iPads, Laptops, Cameras, Camcorders and Projectors. The One Stop Desk can also help you troubleshoot your computer problems. This area is now called your One Stop Shop Desk and is the first place you should stop when you come into Forsyth Library with questions.
The Learning Commons is now located down the hall from the One Stop Desk in room 112. We’re still here to help you with your tech problems, as well as give you one on one or small group instruction about software programs, presentation prep and practice, installing programs, finding free resources, and video editing. This list is not exhaustive and we’re willing to stretch our knowledge base to meet your needs, just ask!
We’ll also be coming into classrooms around FHSU so if your professors are assigning a video, presentation, or digital photography assignment, feel free to let them know we are here to come in as extra sets of hands in the classroom
The goal of the Learning Commons (TLC) remains to take the stress out of technology at FHSU. Stop by and say hello!
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