Research – Interlibrary Loan

Research – Interlibrary Loan

Can’t find the research material you need in Forsyth? Check out Interlibrary Loan.  If you are a faculty or staff member, or a student living in the Hays area, you can place a request by doing one of the following:

1). Locating the Interlibrary Loan request forms found on the ILL department’s web page

2). Submitting an online book request through the WorldCat database

Choose the ILL icon tab above your results.  Then fill out all the required fields and click submit.  You will be notified when the item arrives.  Look for an email from the Interlibrary Loan department.

3). E-mailing a list of requests to

OR, you can  .  .  . COME VISIT US!!

Please do not wait until the last minute!!  Obtaining materials from another library may take anywhere from a couple of days to 10 days depending on which library owns what you need.

Books come either via our instate courier system or via the US Postal service.

Articles usually arrive electronically and are posted to our document delivery web service.  It is easy to retrieve them: 

We scan and post the document information (usually articles) to a website for you. You will receive an email from: FHSU Forsyth Library ILL <>. This email will give you a password (which is case sensitive and usually some form of your name) and an URL. At that URL , you will enter your email address and the password (supplied in the email from InterLibrary Loan). You will then be taken to a web page designated for you with your document(s) listed. Select an article and it will appear on your screen. (You will need Adobe Acrobat on your machine (latest version preferred — free download at: ). You will also need Java (free download at: ) on your computer (there are links for both on the URL page). Make sure you have disabled any pop-up blockers as the document opens in another window. You can then read your document or print it off. The article/item will stay at this website for 28 days.

Interlibrary Loan is located on the main floor of Forsyth Library, room # 112.


PH:  785-628-4351


Research – Finding Books

Research – Finding Books

Now that you have located articles, you may need to obtain books on your topic.  Keep in mind that an article may be more current than a book as it takes longer to go through the publishing process.  You will have to search Forsyth Library’s online catalog to see if we have books on your topic.

To Search:  From the Forsyth Library’s Home page, choose the left tab under the picture banner “Forsyth Library Online catalog”.

Next, type in the title of the book or a subject into the box to the left of the search box.

You will then obtain the results of your search. 

At the top you will have results from external sources (from some of our online databases.  Just click on the database title, then the title of the article.  Some may be full text and other not.

Below that on the page are the book, government document, audiovisual, and journal title results.  You will be given basic information, but in order to check the availability, you will have to click on the title link.

On the right side are ways you can narrow your search:  by type of format, publication year, author, genre, geographic area, etc.  You can also limit by a specific location within the library (general, reference, juvenile, periodicals, etc.).  Some government documents may have the full text available.  The link will be noted once you click on the title.  On the left is a listing of interrelated words that might assist you in focus in on your search.

There are other “Books” available to you that are in an electronic format.  Since these are in our online databases, you might have to enter your Tiger Tracks username and password (unless you are already logged in via Tiger Tracks or Blackboard.  These are listed below:

                                              Electronic Books

 NetLibrary – Patron registration required. Titles are viewable online, or download selected titles to your computer or e-book reader.

ACLS Humanities E-Books 

Credo Reference Books 

Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society 

Oxford Reference Online

If you have any questions, please give the Reference desk a call: (785) 628-5283  OR 1-800-628-FHSU ext 5283  OR email:

If you still cannot locate a book that you need, there is one more alternative and that is the online database:  WorldCat     It is a database of books and other items cataloged world wide by libraries.  If you locate one, you can use the ILL (interlibrary loan) tab to submit a request through Forsyth Library’s Interlibrary Loan office.  You will be notified when the item arrives (sometimes it will take anywhere from a week to 10 days to arrive, so plan ahead).

We will discuss Interlibrary Loan in our next blog.


Free Music, Audio Books and E-Books Available for Check-Out

Did you know that you can use your phone or computer or e-book readers to download and read or listen to books from your library’s virtual branch? Overdrive has thousands of audio and e-books for you to check out for any period from 7 to 21 days. This is also available through libraries all across the country, so if your main residence is in another state, you can check out materials through a home library or state library consortium.

Wanting to check if your device is compatible? See I have a Nook, which is compatible, but some of my friends have a Kindle, which is not compatible. Overdrive is compatible with iPads and iPods.

I will refer to the State Library of Kansas program throughout the rest of this blog. The URL for Overdrive sponsored by the State Library of Kansas is

First of all, to use this program, patrons need to have the Kansas Library Card.  If you already own a library card from Hays Public Library, that will work, also. If you do not have a Kansas Library Card, go here to register for a temporary library card – You will have 30 days to have your Kansas residency verified at your local library.

The following items are the different types of software that you will need to download for the format needed for your device before you can use Overdrive:

Adobe EPUB eBooks

Adobe Digital Editions

OverDrive Media Console for Android™ v2 (or newer)

OverDrive Media Console for iPhone® v2 (or newer)

Adobe PDF eBooks

Adobe Digital Editions

Mobipocket eBooks

Mobipocket Reader

OverDrive WMA Audiobooks

OverDrive Media Console for Windows® v1.0 (or newer)

OverDrive Media Console for Windows Mobile v1.1 (or newer)

OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks

OverDrive Media Console for Android™ v1.0 (or newer)

OverDrive Media Console for BlackBerry® v1.0 (or newer)

OverDrive Media Console for iPhone® v1.0 (or newer)

OverDrive Media Console for Mac® v1.0 (or newer)

OverDrive Media Console for Windows® v3.0 (or newer)

OverDrive Media Console for Windows Mobile v1.1 (or newer)

OverDrive Music

OverDrive Media Console for Windows® v1.0 (or newer)

OverDrive Media Console for Windows Mobile v1.1 (or newer)

OverDrive Video

OverDrive Media Console for Windows® v2.0 (or newer)

OverDrive Media Console for Windows Mobile v1.1 (or newer)

See for information on downloading the software that you need for your device.

When you have the temporary card or are using your existing Kansas Library Card or HPL card, an account needs to be set up on the Overdrive page. Once you are signed in, you are ready to download any title that is shown on the “library shelves”.  It is much like checking out books from a library, except that you can determine how long you want to have the book or audiofiles available on your device. The items can be checked out for 7 to 21 days. Once the checkout period has expired, you will not be able to access the item unless you renew it before the return date.

There are help pages available from the Overdrive Kansas website that can take you through the process of downloading and transferring audio and book files to your devices –\

I have a Nook, so this requires that I have Adobe Digital Editions on my home computer. Once I have checked out the book and it is downloaded into ADE, I can read it on my computer, or I can transfer the book to my Nook. I found this excellent and fun tutorial that explains the process of using Overdrive in this manner.


Research – Finding Articles

Research – Finding Articles

Your professor probably wants you to locate not only books on your topic, but also articles.  Depending on your topic, you might need not only general articles, but also some more scholarly (or peer reviewed) articles.  

Let’s begin with Articles.

 You need to know that “Off-campus access” to most Forsyth Library electronic resources is restricted to authorized users (FHSU faculty, students, staff). If you are off-campus and select a restricted resource you will be directed to the FHSU Secure Authorization page. Enter your TigerTracks username and password. That’s it. You are authenticated! If you are already logged-in to TigerTracks or Blackboard you are already authenticated.

From the library’s web page, choose “Find Articles and databases.”  You can then go directly to the databases or use the 360 search (keep in mind this is not a comprehensive listing of databases dealing with selected disciplines).

There are more tutorials listed on the library guide for your discipline on the “tutorial” tab.

When you begin your searching the hardest thing is deciding on keywords to search by.  Once you have those you can begin searching.  All databases have similar features with regard to searching.  They will have both simple and advanced search screens.  Sometimes it is best to use the advanced in case you need to narrow down your topic.

When you have the results of your searches, you will then need to evaluate them as to their appropriateness for your topic.  You need to do this step as some articles will not be relevant to what you need. 

Databases also have similar features with regard to your search results.  You will have the full bibliographic citation that you will need for your reference section of your paper.  Some of the citations will have abstracts (a brief summary of the article), some might also provide you with the full text in an .html (Word document format) or a .pdf (scanned image) format.  Also, some databases may not have access to that articles’ full text, but it may note “Find article”, “Link source”, or “Get article”.  If these terms are present, the database will search other databases owned by the library to see if the full text is located in one of those databases.  If it is, you will be directed to the appropriate database, if not, you will be directed to use our Interlibrary Loan service.

Looking for facts or background information?

If so, most of your questions can be answered by using our Reference Collection.  If you have a specific topic you would like to research, click on “Find Books” on the library’s homepage and then “Forsyth Library Catalog.”  Key in your topic and click “Search.”  To find Reference books, click on the drop down arrow to the right of “All locations” and select “Reference-Main Floor.”

For example, if you’re looking for information on forensic science, the arts, or America during the 1990’s, you would find:
Forensic Science
Ref HV8073/.F5837
This new 3 volume source covers a wide-range of forensic topics including specific types of investigations, investigative techniques, specialized equipment, and types of evidence.  Some other titles about forensic science in the Reference Collection include The Encyclopedia of Forensic Science; Forensic Science Glossary; The World of Forensic Science; and Forensic Science: An Encyclopedia of History, Methods, and Techniques.

The Grey House Performing Arts Directory
Ref PN2289/.G749
This new Grey House publication has directory-type information for the various categories of art such as vocal music, instrumental music, theater, dance, and festivals.  Appropriate newsletters, list servs, databases, periodicals, trade shows, directories, and websites are also included. 

Some other useful Grey House directories in the Reference Collection include The Complete Learning Disabilities Directory, The Grey House Homeland Security Directory, and The Environmental Resource Handbook.  Another Grey House publication, Profiles in America,  has  facts, figures, and statistics for every populated place in the United States.

The Nineties in America 
Ref E839/.N56 
The Nineties in America covers the events, people, social issues, music, politics, health and medical issues, business, art, literature, and other important subjects during this period of time.  This new three volume set is similar to similar sets received for The Forties, The Fifties, The Sixties, The Seventies, and The Eighties in America.

Another popular series in the Reference Collection, referred to as the Day by Day series, also has related information about the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s in America.  These sets give major events that took place for each day of the year regarding World Affairs; U.S. Politics & Social Issues; U.S. Foreign Policy & Defense; U.S. Economy & Environment; Science, Technology & Nature; and Culture, Leisure & Life Style. 

In case you can’t find what you’re looking for, please ask!  We are here to help make your academic life a little easier!–J.A.S.

Library guides for research

Research – Library Guides

When you are ready to begin your research paper, you want to know how to find information on your particular topic.  Forsyth Library’s reference librarians have compiled numerous library guides on a variety of disciplines.  To access these, under the Research tab on our web page, select “Find research guides by subject”.  Next select your discipline (i.e. Agriculture).


You will notice that there are several tabs on the guide.  Each will assist you when doing different aspects of your research.  We will be discussing several of these in the next blog posts. 

The first will be the general information tab.  This will give you information on a variety topics such as library hours, how to access resources from off campus, asking questions, interlibrary loan, and handouts on different topics.

The second one is discussing research tips such as how to determine key search terms as well as tips and strategies for research.

Check back next week and we will be discussing how to find articles and books.