Access the World

Forsyth Library is participating in a beta test of a new resource – Newsbank: Access World News. This resource provides access to over 4000 archived news sources including newspapers, broadcast transcripts, newswires, newsblogs, web-only content and video from international, national, regional …and local sources! If you’re looking for a news story or cutting edge commentary this is a great place to start. As an enhancement you can automatically search Access World News when you search any of our EbscoHost databases. Link to EbscoHost  here, select all the datbases you’d like to search plus Newsbank: Access World News, and enjoy enhanced search results through the Spring 2010 semester.


Taming the Beast – online tutorial now available

Cruise by the Learning Commons tutorials page to check out the new online workshop – “Taming the Beast: Using the Internet Efficiently & Effectively“. It’s got some great tips on how to use the internet wisely for your assignments.

When going online for assignments, you have to have FEAR:

Find -Don’t just search, find!
Evaluate – Don’t believe everything that you read!
Assess – Don’t infringe copyright!
Report – Don’t use ideas or media without proper attribution!

Get the full story on this and other important skills at


Kansas Day

Kansas Day is January 29! Kansas became a state in 1861 after a volatile period as a territory which had bold consequences for the nation as a whole. The Special Collections Room has a number of books about the history of the Kansas territory that you may browse through or check out (with the permission of the Special Collections Librarian). Here are a couple of titles that feature the history of Bleeding Kansas.

Peacekeeping on the Plains: Army Operations in Bleeding Kansas by Tony R. Mullis

Peacekeeping on the Plains

F685 .M85 2004

War to the Knife: Bleeding Kansas, 1854-1861 by Thomas Goodrich

War to the Knife

F685 .G66 1998

For more information on the era of Bleeding Kansas, the Kansas State Historical Society has a digital collection titled “Territorial Kansas Online” which features many primary sources.

Next year, in 2011, Kansas will celebrate her 150th birthday. A number of institutions and organizations throughout the state will be planning events for the sesquicentennial celebration. I will share those events with you though this blog in the coming months. In the meantime, the State Library of Kansas has started a blog titled Kansas 150 SLK at which will feature information about the past and present history of Kansas. They will be posting every two weeks over the next year, and every week in 2011. The most current blog post is titled “In the Beginning: Kansas Geology”.

Happy Kansas Day!

Patty Nicholas, Special Collections Librarian

Need a Dictionary or an Encyclopedia?


For those of you who haven’t discovered it yet, Credo is a wonderful database of dictionaries and encyclopedias for all major subjects.  You can find it on the Forsyth Library’s Homepage by clicking on “Find Books” on the right side of the screen.  Next, click on the link “Credo Reference Books” under the heading “Electronic Books.”  ENJOY!

Did you know?

The State of Kansas did not supply Kansas libraries with paper tax forms this year.  Therefore, paper Kansas tax forms and instructions are not available at Forsyth Library or Hays Public Library.  To locate instructions, sample forms and information about filing electronically go to  Due to budget restrictions, the State has not been able to hire the temporary workers they have hired in the past.  This will mean that filing paper tax forms will slow your return down considerably.  The forms and publications page at estimates 12-16 weeks for refunds.  The website encourages Kansans to file electronically and notifies tax filers that refunds may take as little as 5 days if you use this method of filing.

Forsyth Library closed in observance of MLK Day

Forsyth Library will be closed on Monday, January 18 in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr Day. The library will reopen on Tuesday at the regular time of 7:30am.

If you’re interested in finding out more about African-American culture and history, including the civil rights movement and works about Dr. King, we have some great titles in our catalog. Here are just a few examples:

Harlem speaks : a living history of the Harlem Renaissance / edited by Cary D. Wintz.

from Reed Business Information:
“After establishing historical context with essays on the arts, events, locations, and major issues of the Harlem Renaissance, this volume continues with a meaty collection of biographical essays on 21 major figures of the period. Arranged into categories of literature, music, visual and performing arts, and politics, the subjects.”

Medgar Evers – FBI File

In the 1960’s, the FBI routinely maintained surveillance on key civil rights figures. Released under the Freedom of Information Act, this is the file for one of the key figures in the struggle for social and political emancipation, who was assassinated in his driveway in 1963.

for kids:

We Are the Ship – the Story of the Negro Baseball League

from School Library Journal

“A lost piece of American history comes to life in Kadir Nelson’s elegant and eloquent history of the Negro Leagues and its gifted baseball players. The history of the Leagues echoes the social and political struggles of black America during the first half of the 20th century.”

Don’t forget, the Black Student Union, Hispanic American Leadership Organization, Tigers in Service and the offices of Student Affairs and Diversity Affairs at Fort Hays State University are hosting a candlelight celebration with the theme, “Courage to Build a Community of Social Justice” on Monday, Jan 18 at 7pm at the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center.

Where did the Forsyth databases go?

With our shiny new website in place, you may be wondering where to find some old friends, like the great set of databases we offer through Forsyth Library. Never fear!

Here’s how to find any database  (WorldCat, PubMed, Statistical Universe – all your favorites!):

On  library web pages – the right side menu looks like this:

Make sure you’re on the <Research> tab &

select <Find Articles>

then select <databases>:

Remember – if you’re accessing these off-campus, you’ll have to go through the proxy server. Full instructions are on our website.

jp, ab, maw, & ta