Another New School Year

Forsyth Library would like to welcome faculty, staff, and students to Fort Hays State University for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. We invite you to stop by the library for your research needs, to get a cup of coffee from the coffee bar, or to find a quiet place to study. Be sure to ask someone if you have questions; that is what we are here for. Best of luck to you!



How many times have you heard that before and you’re saying, “What?  How can they do that?  Right during the best part of the show!”

Well, excuse me, but I’d just like to interrupt your show (or whatever else is going on in your life) to introduce you to a few current sources in the Reference Collection that may make your “research” life a little easier.

We have a lot of books that deal with current issues such as Popular Culture (HM621/.P654/2011); The Middle East Peace Process (DS119.76/.M466/2011); Student Life (LA216/.S783/2011); Cosmetic Surgery (RD119/.C6816/2011); The United Nations (JZ4984.5/.U5355/2011); Deregulation (HD3616/.U47/D425/2011); and War Crimes (K5301/.W3673/2011).

Some current health materials we’ve received include Obesity (RA645/.O23/O22/2011; Sexually Transmitted Diseases (RA644/.V4/S36795/2011); ALA Guide to Medical & Health Sciences Reference (R118.4/.U6/A43/2011); and Mosby’s Diagnostic and Laboratory Test Reference (RB38.2/.P337/2011).

Some other new history references are The Forties in America (E169.12/.F676/2011); American Decades 2000-2009 (E169.12/.A419/2011); and Iran (JZ1480/.A57/I7/2011).

New business materials that are now on our shelves include Tax Reform (HJ2381/.T384/2011); Reforming Wall Street (HB3722/.R427/2011); and Unemployment (HD5724/.U593/2011).

…And other reference books too numerous to mention are just waiting for you to discover them!

I will now return you to your regularly scheduled program.                 J.A.S.

You Mean There’s Something Better Than Wikipedia?? Part 3

Another scholarly source of online reference books is a database called Oxford Reference Online.  It is available on our library website by clicking “Find Books” under the “Research” tab on the right side of the screen.  Next, click “Oxford Reference Online” on the following screen.  Key in a search term to find information on your topic or click “Subjects & Books” which will shows titles of reference books for a variety of subjects.  Like Credo Reference, citation information will be provided at the end of each entry.

 The following subjects and number of books available for that subject are now available in Oxford Reference Online: Art & Architecture (10); Bilingual Dictionaries (18); Biological Sciences (12); Classics (6); Computing (3); Earth & Environmental Sciences (9); Economics & Business (9); Encyclopedias (2); English Dictionaries & Thesauruses (10); English Language Reference (17); Food and Drink (4); History (32); Law (8); Literature (23); Maps & Illustrations (3); Medicine (11); Military History (6); Mythology & Folklore (9); Names & Places (5); Natural History (8); Performing Arts (13); Physical Sciences & Mathematics (9); Politics & Social Sciences (21); Pre-History (5); Quotations (5); Religion & Philosophy (13); and Science (42).

 Oxford Reference Online is updated at least three times a year with new titles or revised editions.  In the last update, 775 entries were updated and 103,900 new entries were added.

 Since Oxford Reference Online and Credo Reference each have their own collection of online reference books, you may want to check both sites for information.  ENJOY!                          J.A.S.

You Mean There’s Something Better Than Wikipedia?? Part 2

I hope that most of you have had the opportunity to use Credo Reference by now.  As you will recall, it is a database of 635 online reference books that has scholarly information.  If you want to use the information in a paper, click APA, MLA, Chicago, or Harvard format to see how it should be cited.

Since I had mentioned in the last blog entry that this database is continually being updated with new and updated sources, the following titles have just been added:

  • The 2011 Annual Register: World Events 2010
  • Animals: A Visual Encyclopedia
  • The Cambridge Guide to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Language
  • Collins English-Greek Dictionary
  • Collins Greek-English Dictionary
  • Cultural Geography: A Critical Dictionary of Key Concepts
  • Dictionary of Trade Policy Terms
  • Eastern Europe: An Introduction to the People, Lands, and Culture
  • Encyclopedia of New Jersey
  • Encyclopedia of the American Civil War: A Political, Social, and Military History
  • The Environmental Debate: A Documentary History
  • Exemplary Economists: Europe, Asia, and Australasia
  • Exemplary Economists: North America
  • Globalization: Encyclopedia of Trade, Labor, and Politics
  • The Handbook of Political Sociology: States, Civil Societies, and Globalization
  • A History of Feminist Literary Criticism
  • A History of South African Literature
  • Key Concepts in Education
  • Key Concepts in Governance
  • Key Concepts in Nursing
  • Key Concepts in Public Health
  • Key Concepts in Social Research
  • The National Gallery Companion Guide
  • Pocket Guides: Myths & Legends
  • Pocket Guides: Narrative
  • Poverty and the Government in America: A Historical Encyclopedia
  • Slavery in the United States: A Social, Political, and Historical Encyclopedia

 Updates of the following titles have just been added and more will appear shortly.  They include:

  • Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War: A Political, Social, and Military History
  • The Hutchinson Chronology of World History
  • Martial Arts of the World: An Encyclopedia of History and Innovation

 Whether you’re looking for topics, people, dates, images, definitions, pronunciations, holidays/festivals, conversions, or even a crossword solver, Credo Reference is an excellent resource to use.  It even has “Topic Pages” which can be used as a one-stop shopping center for finding library information.  These pages have background information, journal articles, titles of books, images, videos, and related information for topics, people, places, events, etc.  So, if you haven’t had a chance to use Credo Reference, please take a few minutes to browse this user-friendly resource.  You’ll be glad you did!                                                                                              J.A.S.

You Mean There’s Something Better Than Wikipedia??

 You better believe it!!  Since Wikipedia is open for editing by everyone, it makes this source unauthoritative and unreliable.  Credo Reference, on the other hand, is a database that presently has 635 online reference books that are scholarly.  Even more new and updated resources will be added in the future.

 To find this database, go to the library website and click “Find Books” under the “Research” tab on the right side of the screen.  Next, click “Credo Reference Books” and type in a keyword or keywords to find information on your topic.  Another choice would be to click “Find a Book” which shows titles of reference sources for a variety of subjects.  You could then choose to look for information in one reference book or one subject which has a number of reference sources.

 At the present time, the following subjects are available with the number of reference books that are available for that subject:  Art (23); Business (47); Food & Beverage (6); Bilingual Dictionaries (18); Biographies (45); Dictionaries (10); Encyclopedias (6); Quotations (10); Geography (22); History (70); Language (26); Law (11); Literature (35); Medicine (35); Music (9); Philosophy (23); Psychology (21); Religion (18); Science (60); Social Sciences (121); and Technology (19).

 Try it!  You’ll like it!                                                                                                                J.A.S.

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.