Times Talk and Finding Common Ground

These two programs are held in Forsyth Library on the main floor several times throughout the semester, and both are sponsored by the library and the Center for Civic Leadership. Times Talk, a partnership between the American Democracy Project and the New York Times, is a program that features speakers who talk on a specific subject, while Finding Common Ground features roundtables for  informal discussion of current topics.

Both are held over the noon hour; you may check the library’s calendar for the specific times. Pizza and salad are provided for the first 20 people at the Times Talk which is held in the South Study area; cookies and pop are provided for the Finding Common Ground participants in the front lobby. Both programs are set up where you can come and go as your schedule allows.

The first Times Talk of the semester was last week with the subject Universal Declaration of Human Rights regarding child soldiers. Next Wednesday, February 22, we will host a Finding Common Ground discussion titled Abortion Prolife and Prochoice.

In March, a Finding Common Ground panel discussion about Ending World Hunger by Ending Local Hunger will be on Wednesday, the 7th, and a Times Talk about the United Nations will be on Wednesday, the 14th.

In April, Finding Common Ground will talk about America’s Healthcare on Monday, the 16th, and the Times Talk subject on Tuesday, the 17th, will be Sustainability – Supporting 7 Billion.

If you are not able to come to Times Talk, but wish to listen in, the program is streamed live at http://fhsuguides.fhsu.edu/fhsulive, and the video is archived at http://fhsuguides.fhsu.edu/times_talk. The Finding Common Ground panel discussion is not filmed.

Two reference librarians, Judy Salm and MaryAlice Wade, help with these programs by providing information about each one. Judy retrieves books and other items for a display on the subject of the program, and MaryAlice puts together information in the Times Talk LibGuide – http://fhsuguides.fhsu.edu/times_talk.

The American Democracy Project also has a blog – http://adpfhsu.wordpress.com/

Hope to see you at the library!


Research in your jammies

Did you know you can find full-text scholarly articles, electronic books and more, any time, without leaving your nice, warm house?  Forsyth Library’s online materials are just a few clicks away, and are available 24/7.  If you live off-campus, you’ll need to set up Off-Campus Access first.  Then, click Find Articles, Databases, and on the database you’d like to search.  These two are a good place to start:

InfoTrac Databases: a group of databases covering nearly every topic, which can be searched singly or in combination.  Check the ones you want to search, or just hit Continue to search them all.  Check the box for “full-text” to see only those items which have a link to the complete article.  Check peer-reviewed if you only need scholarly articles.

Wilson OmniFile:  This one is made up of several elements which focus on particular disciplines, including Education, Social Sciences, Business and more.  Check the box at the top for one of these, or check OmniFile to search them all.  Enter your term(s) and limit to full-text, peer-reviewed, and/or by date, if desired.

Need help?  Just call us at 785-628-5283 or e-mail us at refserv@fhsu.edu

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