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.


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