Frequently Asked Questions

Library Hours: Are you open over break?

Most of the libraries remain open, with reduced hours, during semester breaks and other days when classes are not in session. K-State Libraries close for university holidays. Even when the main library (Hale) or other libraries on the Manhattan campus are closed, the "Anita C. Lehner 24-hour Study Area," located on the 1st floor of Hale Library is always open. You can see if a library is open by checking their hours.

  *  Hale Library
  *  Kansas State Polytechnic
  *  Math/Physics Library, Cardwell Hall
  *  Paul Weigel Library of Architecture, Planning and Design, Seaton Hall
  *  Veterinary Medical Library, Trotter Hall

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Is there another place to go and study when the library closes?

Kansas State University at Manhattan

The Anita C. Lehner 24-Hour Study Area on the first floor of Hale Library is always open.

image of the 24 study in Hale Library

Kansas State Polytechnic

To learn about the availability of study places other than the Kansas State Polytechnic Library, contact a Kansas State Polytechnic librarian.

See also
Hours: How late are you open?
Check out: Can I check out books from Hale Library after Library Help closes?

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Studying: Where can I study during finals week?  This post will be updated close to finals week.

Hale Library

There will be expanded building hours and study zones during dead and finals weeks.

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Quiet: The person next to me is being noisy. Can you make them be quiet?
Study Rooms: Are there any on campus that I can reserve?

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Hale Library

Food is allowed in Hale Library, but here are some things you should know first.

  • Food and drink are permitted in all areas of Hale Library except Archives and Special Collections on the 5th floor and classroom 407.
  • Drinks should have a secure lid to minimize spills.
  • If you spill or see a mess left behind, let a staff member know right away.
  • Please dispose of wrappers and containers in the appropriate trash cans.
  • No coffeepots or cooking appliances are allowed.
  • No deliveries inside the buildings. When making delivery orders, ask to meet them outside of the library.

In Hale Library, food and beverages are available at Einstein Brothers Bagels and 24 hours a day in our vending area. Both are located on the first floor of Hale near the Sunflower entrance. The K-State Student Union provides a number of other food options.

Weigel Architecture Library

There are vending machines available throughout Seaton Hall. The K-State Student Union provides a variety of food options.

Kansas State Polytechnic, Math/Physics, and the Veterinary Medical Libraries

To learn about the food and drink policies and the availability of food at any of these libraries, contact the individual library directly.

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Hale Library

In Hale library, there is a change machine in the vending area located just inside and to the left of the first floor entrance. This change machine dispenses dollar coins. Change is also available in the K-State Student Union.

Hale Library's copiers and vending machines also accept dollar bills. Most of the vending machines also accept credit and debit cards.

Math / Physics, Kansas State Polytechnic, Weigel Architecture, and the Veterinary Medical Libraries

To learn about options for obtaining change at any of these libraries, contact the individual library directly.

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Hale Library

There are self-service public bulletin boards in the 24-hour study area and near the Sunflower entrance.  Items posted there are removed after two weeks.

Math / Physics, Kansas State Polytechnic, Weigel Architecture, and the Veterinary Medical Libraries

To learn about options for displaying posters or handouts at any of these libraries, contact the individual library directly.

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Photography and Filming in Hale Library: What are the guidelines?

In order to preserve the privacy of people researching in the library, we ask that individuals or organizations wishing to take photographs in Hale Library contact our Director of Administrative & IT Services. The Director should be informed of the purpose/use of the photos and the primary areas in the library where the pictures will be taken. She will notify the staff in those areas.

In most cases, a member of the library staff will accompany anyone filming or taking photographs in order to minimize the disruption to patrons, as well as assure their privacy.

Library personnel or patrons should not be used in photographs or films without the expressed consent of the individual. If patrons request not to be included in any photo or video, we ask that their wishes be respected as a matter of courtesy.

To maintain privacy, photographs or videos of patrons using the computer or reading should be done at a distance to ensure that the items being read or viewed are not disclosed.

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Check your account from MyLibrary Login, available from "My Account/Renew" under Quick Links at the libraries' website or under "Sign in" from K-State's website. Enter your eID and password or alternate ID.

From your account you can see materials you have checked out, when they are due, and if they are renewable. Renew them online by clicking the box next to the item(s) then clicking Renew. Verify that the due date changed.

Alumni services: Can alumni use databases or check out materials?

Kansas State University at Manhattan

As an alumnus, you can check out materials from the Libraries with a current K-State Alumni Association Card. If you’re not a current Alumni Association member, you can still check out materials with purchase of a Community Patron Card ($10/year fee).

These cards do not enable off-campus access to education-restricted licensed online journals and databases. However, anyone visiting the campus can access most of those resources from public computers in Hale Library.

Kansas State Polytechnic

To learn about services available to alumni at the Kansas State Polytechnic Library, contact one of their librarians.

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Check out: If I'm a Community member, can I check out items?

Self Check Stations in Hale Library

image of a self checkmachineTwo 3M Self Check stations, located on the 2nd floor of Hale Library, are available for use whenever the building is open, even after the librarians go home. 

This sounds great, how do I use them?

  1. Swipe your K-State ID card in the reader
  2. Place your item’s barcode under the red laser beam
  3. Place the spine of your item into the v-shaped crevice to de-sensitize it
  4. Repeat this process for each item you wish to borrow
  5. Check out audio tapes and items without barcodes at Library Help during our hours

If I'm a Community member, can I check out items?

Kansas State University at Manhattan

If you are 18 years of age or older and a Kansas resident, you may do so using a Community Patron Library Card for $10.00 a year. Other types of patrons who qualify to check out items, as well as loan periods and renewable information, are listed under Who Can Borrow?

Kansas State Polytechnic

To learn about services available to community patrons at the Kansas State Polytechnic Library, contact one of their librarians.

Material: Where do I return it?

Checked out materials

If you've checked out books, videos, dvds, maps, or other material from K-State Libraries, you will need to return it to one of our desks or use our library book drops.

If you checked out a book or film at one campus library you can return it to another campus library except for             

  • Reserves - all Reserve materials need to be returned to the library from which they were checked out. Returning Reserve materials to the wrong desk or in a book drop can lead to a delay in these items being checked in and you can accrue late fines.
  • Interlibrary Loan - you can return books borrowed from Interlibrary Loan to any of the K-State Libraries' desks but please do not return them in book drops.

Hale Library

Library Help--2nd floor. Hale Reserve items need to be returned to this desk.

Book Drops

  • Parking lot north of Dickens Hall
  • Sidewalk west of Hale Library
  • Hale Library--Sunflower Entrance
  • Hale Library--2nd floor Entrance (to the right of the entrance gates)

Materials not checked out

If you were using items in the library, but did not check them out, we ask that you not reshelve them. Instead, you may place them on an empty table or cart. We scan them to see what items are used, even if they are not checked out. Also, we know it's easier to find a book on the shelf when it is shelved in the proper location.

See also
Account: How can I see what books I have checked out and when they are due? 

Can I check out cameras, laptops, headphones, projectors and other equipment?

Hale Library

Equipment is available for check out, at no charge, with a K-State ID Card. Some of the available equipment is laptops, projectors, cameras, video cameras, headphones, webcams, dry erase markers, and calculators.

The Equipment Guide provides a complete list and further information.

Math / Physics, Kansas State Polytechnic, Weigel Architecture, and the Veterinary Medical Libraries

To learn about the availability of equipment at any of these libraries, please contact the individual library directly.

Kansas State University at Manhattan

You can check out reserve items at Library Help on the 2nd floor of Hale Library and at the help desks at Math/Physics, Weigel Architecture, and Veterinary Medical libraries.

What you need:
  Your K-State ID
  Course info. Example: ENGL 251

Find out if we have your item on Reserves by reading Do you have the book (or video or test or notes) I need on reserve?

Other details you need to be aware of:

  • Reserves' items are available during Library Help hours at Hale Library and building hours at the Math/Physics, Weigel Architecture, and the Veterinary Medical Libraries.
  • Fines begin on a reserve item the minute it is late, so please pay attention to when the item is due.
  • Reserve items cannot be renewed.

Kansas State Polytechnic

To learn about how to check out reserves items at K-State Polytechnic, contact one of their librarians.

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Reserves: How long can I have a reserves item?

Hale Library

Check out times range from 2 hours to 2 weeks. These are determined by the instructor who places the item on reserve. Most reserve items are listed as 2-hour closed, which means it is available for 2 hours and it must remain in the library. To find out what the check out time is for a specific item on Hale Library's Reserves Sign in to Search It:

Search It is located in the middle of our home page. Click on the Search It Advanced link and once Search It launches, click on Sign in (top right corner). Once you locate the item, click on Find it at the Library it will show how long it can be reserved. If you have questions, call 785-532-3014 or visit Library Help on Hale Library's 2nd floor.

Math / Physics, Kansas State Polytechnic, Weigel Architecture, and the Veterinary Medical Libraries

To learn about check out periods for reserves items at any of these libraries, contact the individual library directly.

See also
Reserves: Do you have the book (or video or test or notes) I need on reserve?
Reserves: How can I check out reserve items?

How can I connect my laptop to the wireless (wifi) network?

Kansas State University at Manhattan

K-State students, faculty, and staff, go to http://wireless.k-state.edu//connect/, and click the appropriate link at the bottom of the page to run the automated configuration tool called XpressConnect.

All others, choose and connect to the KSU Guest Network from the list of available networks. This network has no security, does not require an eID/password and cannot connect to K-state enterprise systems such as K-State Online, WebMail, iSIS, HRIS, and FIS.

Need help connecting to wireless? Contact the IT Help Desk by visiting Hale 214, calling 785-532-7722 or e-mailing helpdesk@k-state.edu . How to get to the IT Help Desk (YouTube video.)

Kansas State Polytechnic

To learn about the availability of wireless (wifi) at Kansas State Polytechnic, see Wireless Networking.

Can I check out cameras, laptops, headphones, projectors and other equipment?

Hale Library

Equipment is available for check out, at no charge, with a K-State ID Card. Some of the available equipment is laptops, projectors, cameras, video cameras, headphones, webcams, dry erase markers, and calculators.

The Equipment Guide provides a complete list and further information.

Math / Physics, Kansas State Polytechnic, Weigel Architecture, and the Veterinary Medical Libraries

To learn about the availability of equipment at any of these libraries, please contact the individual library directly.

Where are the photocopiers?

image of a photocopier

K-State Libraries has several black and white photocopiers, two all in one machines. Full service color photocopies are available at the Veterinary Medical Library.

Hale Library - floorplan

   * photocopiers - one each on the first and second floors (2) 
   * print, scan, copy all in one machines (2) - second floor  

Veterinary Medical Library (1)
Paul Weigel Library of Architecture Planning & Design (1)
Kansas State Polytechnic (1)

How much do the photocopiers cost to use?

Copiers take cash or coins and the cost for copies in all the libraries, except for the Veterinary Medical Library, is $.10/page.

The all in one machines are also $.10/page but they use the PaperCut program and the cost is deducted from your print account.  

Veterinary Medical Library self service photocopies are $.06/page, full service black and white photocopies are $.06/page & color copies are $.60/page

How do I make a photocopy?

1. Place the item face-down on the upper-left corner of the copiers glass surface.
2. The long edge of the item should be parallel to the left edge of the copier
3. If the item exceeds 11" in height or 8.5" in width, use the magnification selection to reduce the size. We only have 8.5" x 11" paper, so if the item you want to copy is 17" x 22" you need to make a 50% reduction.
4. Insert coins or cash into the appropriate money receptacle.
5. Press copy.

How do I use the All in One machines?

Library How to Print, Scan, Copy: All in one place! video

 

See also
K-State Union Copy Center
Equipment: Scanners, where are they, how much do they cost and how do I use them? (They are free.)

K-State Libraries has two types of scanners. Unless indicated, the following instructions refer to our Walk-up KIC Bookeye Scanners.

Where are the scanners?

Hale Library has (5) book scanners (floorplan),

(1) on the 1st floor, (2) on the 2nd floor, (1) on the 4th floor and (1) on the 5th floor in the Richard L.D. & Marjorie J. Morse Department of Special Collections

Veterinary Medical Library has (1), Paul Weigel Library of Architecture Planning and Design has (2), Math / Physics Library has (1), and Kansas State Polytechnic has (4) scanners.

How much do the scanners cost to use?

They are free, no charge, no cost!!

Instructions

Basic operation

  1. Place item text-side up, center on scanner bed about 1cm above the bottom end of the bed
    Optional: change the color selection to either gray, black & white, or color
    Optional: change the resolution to high or web-scale
  2. Select single-image or split-image
  3. Press the large SCAN button on the left
  4. Continue scanning until all pages intended for one file OR a total of 10 pages
  5. Select the large Save/Send button
  6. To save, insert a USB in the USB slot, choose a format & select Save
  7. To e-mail, choose format, select E-mail, enter e-mail address, select Send.

Scanning Tips

  • Save or e-mail after every 10 scans, press Delete All Images button
  • Media Development Scanner, 213 Hale, has a faster scanner for scanning 8 ½ x 11” paper and can manipulate scanned images
  • Saving as a PDF file will include all images as a single document, other file types will save as separate documents
  • Use Change Settings option to adjust the Brightness, Sharpness, and Resolution of a scan
  • Select an image to preview and delete by clicking on it on the top filmstrip display
  • Grey scale is best for scanning books and articles for printing or reading
  • Select the Split Image button to scan large-sized books and articles in order to have each page as a single image, line up the page split with the center arrow on the scanning table
  • Glossy paper does not always scan well due to the glare
  • Experiment--the best settings for text are not necessarily the best for graphics

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Equipment: Photocopiers, where are they, how much do they cost and how do I use them?

Hale Library

Hale does not have a fax machine. The Copy Center in the Union offers fax services and their hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30am-5:00pm. The FedEx Office Print and Ship Center, 1329 Anderson Avenue, also offers this service.

Math / Physics, Kansas State Polytechnic, Weigel Architecture, and the Veterinary Medical Libraries

To learn about the availability of a fax machine at any of these libraries, contact the individual library directly.

Hale Library

As a member of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and as a land-grant institution, we proudly serve Kansas residents. In addition to millions of books, you are welcome to use and have free public access to government information popular software programs, and hundreds of scholarly databases. Over 200 computers, printers, scanners, and photocopiers are scattered throughout Hale's InfoCommons. The Anita C Lehner 24-hour Study Area has Mac computers and a printer; these computers require a K-State eID and password to access. The rest of the computers in Hale Library do not require a log in. If you need a few pages printed out, Library Help will be happy to print these for you.

For assistance with the software or the computers, contact the IT Help Desk, 214 Hale Library (785-532-7722). How to get to the IT Help Desk (YouTube video.) For assistance with the databases or with your information needs, Ask a Librarian.

Math / Physics, Kansas State Polytechnic, Weigel Architecture, and the Veterinary Medical Libraries

To learn what hardware and software is available on the computers at any of these libraries, contact the individual library directly.

See also
Software in the labs and InfoCommons
Library Equipment LibGuide
Information for Community Users
Community Patron Library Cards

If have forgotten your K-State eID password and previously set an alternate e-mail address, security question and answer in the Password Reset Options section in your eProfile, then you can reset your K-State eID password online. If not, you must contact the IT Help Desk to reset your password.

  1. Go to the eProfile password reset website and enter your K-State eID.
  2. An e-mail will be sent to your alternate e-mail address.
  3. From that e-mail, click the password-reset link and then answer your password-reset question.

If you did not set an alternate e-mail address with security question and answer, you will need to contact the IT Help Desk.

You can change your password over the phone or in person at the IT Help Desk, 214 Hale Library on the Manhattan campus or at the ID Center, 103 TAC Building on the Polytechnic campus. You will need to provide proof of your identity. Where is 214 Hale? How to get to the IT Help Desk (YouTube video)

You can read more about K-State's eID policies on Information Technology Services' website.

How can I reset my eID password?

If you set up an alternate e-mail address in your eProfile, you can reset your K-State eID password at Forgot your eID password. Instructions on how to do this can be found at Information Technology Services Frequently asked questions about eID passwords.

If you didn't designate an alternate e-mail address you'll need to contact tech support for help.

  IT Help Desk, 214 Hale Library, call (785) 532-7722
  ID Center (103 TAC Building) on the Polytechnic campus, call (785) 826-2661

Self Check Stations in Hale Library

image of a self checkmachineTwo 3M Self Check stations, located on the 2nd floor of Hale Library, are available for use whenever the building is open, even after the librarians go home. 

This sounds great, how do I use them?

  1. Swipe your K-State ID card in the reader
  2. Place your item’s barcode under the red laser beam
  3. Place the spine of your item into the v-shaped crevice to de-sensitize it
  4. Repeat this process for each item you wish to borrow
  5. Check out audio tapes and items without barcodes at Library Help during our hours

Collaboration stations: What are they? How can I use them?

Collaboration Workstations at Hale Library

Working on a class project, a presentation, or just need an extra large monitor? Try out one of our mobile collaboration workstations. There are many stations of various sizes scattered throughout Hale. Find one, wheel it wherever you want in the library, hook them up to a laptop, and start collaborating.

If you need assistance or want to check out headphones, contact the
IT Help Desk, 214 Hale Library, 785-532-7722.
     How to get to the IT Help Desk (YouTube video)

Weigel Architecture Library

Look for the collaboration workstation if you’re at Paul Weigel Library of Architecture, Planning & Design and need a large monitor or a place for group work. Staff are available to assist with the workstation if needed.

Minitab: Do you have it?

Hale Library

Minitab, statistical software, is accessible from the PC computers in Hale Library's InfoCommons and other K-State computer labs.

    • From the desktop, click on the Minitab icon
    • If you need assistance with this program, watch the product tutorials below, or see the folks at the IT Help Desk.

Other Campus Libraries and Kansas State Polytechnic

Most of the other campus libraries and Kansas State Polytechnic do not have Minitab available from their public computers. If you want to see if it is available in these libraries: Math / Physics, Kansas State Polytechnic, Weigel Architecture Library, and the Veterinary Medical libraries, contact the individual library directly.

See also
Software in the university computing labs and K-State
InfoCommons
Software licenses at K-State
Minitab product tour
Minitab Statistical Software Tutorial

Running heads in APA Style: How can I create them in MS Word 2010?

APA Style's rules about running heads

The best source for information about APA Style is APA itself.

  • Their APA Style blog includes a post discussing running heads, which says: The running head (along with the page numbers) appears in the header of every page (the header by nature is situated within the top margin of your paper; all the margins themselves should be set to 1 inch). Type it in all capital letters, make sure it is no longer than 50 characters (including spaces), and left justify it. Then add your page numbers, right justified.
  • On the first page only, the running head is also preceded by the words Running head and a colon. On all other pages, just the running head itself and the page number appear, without the words Running head:
  • APA also has an example showing how the running head should appear on the title page and subsequent pages: http://supp.apa.org/style/PM6E-Corrected-Sample-Papers.pdf

Step by step instructions:

  1. Begin after you have typed at least the title page and the first few pages of your paper.
  2. Click the Insert tab
  3. Click the Header button
  4. Check "Edit Header"
  5. Under the Header & Footer Tools tab, check the "Different First Page" box
  6. Click the "Page Number" button
  7. Hover over the "Top of Page" entry and click the "Plain Number 3" option
  8. Type Running head: TITLE OF YOUR PAPER
  9. Click the "Insert Alignment Tab" button
  10. Make the following selections in the dialog box that appears: Right, Margin, and None
  11. Click OK
  12. Scroll down to the header section of the next page and click inside that page's header
  13. Repeat steps 6-11, except in step 8 only type TITLE OF YOUR PAPER
  14. Close Header and Footer tab.

Where are the computers located in Hale Library's InfoCommons?

The InfoCommons, which includes Hale Library, is a university computer lab supported by Information Technology Services. Hale Library has about 200 PCs and 35 Macs throughout the building, with the largest number of computers on the (main) 2nd floor.

This chart displays PC computers that are idle and most likely available for use:

Computers available in Hale by floor - chart does not include Mac computers

The orange squares in the image below show where all of our computers are located. This image, though a little out-of-date, still gives a general idea of where the computers are located.
image of the locations of computer in Hale Library

 

See also: Library Equipment Guide

 Matlab

The K-State license for MATLAB, the language of technical computing, is accessible in computers labs, including Hale Library's InfoCommons and the Math / Physics Library. The K-State license includes:

  • MATLAB - 25 concurrent seats
  • Toolboxes available from the K-State server
    • Simulink - 5 seats
    • Control System Toolbox
    • Computer Vision System Toolbox - 5 seats
    • Neural Network Toolbox
    • Optimization Toolbox
    • Robust Control Toolbox
    • Simulink Control Toolbox
    • Signal Processing Toolbox
    • Symbolic Math Toolbox
    • Statistics and Machine Learning Toolbox
    • Image Processing Toolbox
    • Curve Fitting Toolbox

Computing Labs, including Hale Library's InfoCommons, but not at the Union

Connect to MATLAB on Window's computer from the desktop icon. Connect to MATLAB from Unix and Macintosh computers by following the Department of Mathematics' detailed directions

Engineering Labs

Three different MATLAB environments are available in Engineering Labs. The K-State license is a full research license available across campus. The MNE and ECE licenses are more robust but are restricted to the teaching of the product to engineering students, faculty and staff. The licenses differ in what's available in the toolboxes and who has access to the licenses. College of Engineering Computing Services - Matlab provides further information. 

Where else is MATLAB Available?

Location information is found at the Department of Mathematics.

  * Campus UNIX
  * Math / Physics Computing Lab
  * Remote users / K-State Students
  * Cardwell 201
  * Mathematics Windows Server
  * Microsoft Windows

See also

Software licenses at K-State
Learning MatLab

Movable Shelves: How do they work?

Movable book shelves, also called "compact shelving," can be found on floors 1, 3 and 4 of Hale Library and in the Kansas State Polytechnic Library.

Library patrons may look for books and other materials in these areas.

  - To move a shelf to the right, press the right hand arrow.
  - To move a shelf to the left, press the left hand arrow.
  - To move multiple shelves, simply push the right or left arrow next to the row that you want to open.
  - If no one is standing in the row you want to move, and it won't move, press the reset button and then the left or right arrow.

The compact shelving units can't crush you if you are standing in between two shelves and someone starts pushing buttons because there are sensors in place which prevent this from happening.

If the reset button doesn't work, text or visit Library Help and we will send someone to manually reset the shelves.

Kansas State University at Manhattan

The easiest way to get help with your research is to Ask a Librarian! We love to help you with your research questions. You can visit us at Library Help, 2nd floor Hale Library, telephone, e-mail, chat, or text. You can also make an appointment with us where we can sit with you one-on-one to discuss your research needs. Distance education students can Ask a Librarian or make a telephone, e-mail, or online appointment.

Use our widget below to chat with us during Library Help Hours

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Kansas State Polytechnic

To get help with research for a Kansas State Polytechnic class, contact one of their librarians.

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Library Help in Hale Library: Where is it?

Library Help is located on the north side of the second floor and is visible from Hale Library's main entrance. You can go to Library Help for help answering questions about the university or libraries, help with research, equipment issues, check out material, pick up your Interlibrary Loan request, check out Reserve material and more. Stop by and see us, we're glad you're here. 

See also
Information for Undergraduates
Information for Graduate Students

Distance students: What library services are available to them?

 Virtually all library services are available to distance students. You can

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Exams: Do you proctor exams or tests?

Kansas State University at Manhattan

Global Campus Student Services Testing and Exams

    • Proctoring for K-State distance students on our Manhattan campus, at no charge
    • Approved proctors, including an at home proctor service is listed
    • Examination Proctor Agreement

Kansas State Polytechnic

Online Education - Exams

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Does K-State Libraries have a notary public?

K-State Libraries and the Manhattan Public Library do not have Notary Publics. 
Searching the K-State white pages found one campus office that offered this service:

Office of Student Activities and Services

A couple community places you might try:

UPS - 1228 Westloop, a bank, or an auto dealership

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Interlibrary loan is a fantastic service available to all students, faculty and staff at K-State. Non-university users should contact their local public library for this service. If our libraries do not own an item, we can often borrow it from another U.S. or international library. We are often able to obtain books (unless they are too new or too old to be lent); musical scores; CD's; DVD's; dissertations; government publications; maps; pdfs of journal articles and book chapters and much more—just about anything that is not rare or extremely expensive.

Items can be requested even if they are not for a school project or assignment. Interlibrary Services will mail items to the home of Distance Education students. We do not borrow textbooks that are required reading for your classes. 

See also
Interlibrary Loan: How do I register for an ILLIAD account?

We may. Although we do not usually have textbooks for K-State courses, some instructors bring us their personally owned textbooks so we can place the copies on reserve and we occasionally receive older editions as donations.

To see if we own an edition of your textbook, check our collection by following these steps:

  1. Type in the name of the book in Search It, the search box located in the middle of our home page
  2. If needed, you can Refine My Results by Library, Resource Type, or other facets
  3. If we own a copy, it will display, give you a location, and provide more information
  • To see more options  such as the loan period for your status, Sign in at the top right corner of Search It
    • To see the load period, click on Find it at the Library

A textbook could also be personally owned by an instructor, so you'll want to also check our Course Reserves by following these steps:

  1. Open Search It Advanced by clicking on this link in the middle of our home page
  2. Click the Course Reserves tab
  3. You can start vague, leave the default fields, and type in a subject such as history in the search box
  4. Then, if needed, Refine My Results by choosing a link under Course Name, Course Code and Section, Course Instructors, or Academic Department
  5. If you don't find it; we may still have it. Contact Library Help and we will check for you.

 See our e-books Guide for information on

  • What is an e-book?
  • What is different about a scholarly e-book?
  • Find e-books
  • Find and download leisure e-books
  • Databases with e-books
  • Digital textbooks
  • our e-book collections, including how to view, print, and download
    • EBL, EBSCO, ebrary, Knovel, MyiLibrary, Safari, SAGE, SpringerLink

Where are the current journals, magazines, and newspapers?

The majority of our current journals, magazines, and newspapers are online, however we have some current journals, magazines, and newspapers in print format.

Where are the print versions?

  • Hale Library - Alphabetically on shelves in the middle of the the 1st floor.    map
  • Kansas State Polytechnic - On shelves on the west wall of the library.
  • Math/Physics Library - In the periodicals reading room,  just south of the main room.
  • Paul Weigel Library of Architecture, Planning, and Design - on three periodicals racks in the main room.
  • Veterinary Medical Library - Shelved with bound back-issues on the ranges in the main room.

How do I get to the online versions?

We do have some newspapers available in the library and online. Use Search It to locate newspapers:

  1. From our middle of our home page, you'll see a link to Search It Advanced, click on this.
  2. To access our list of journals, magazines, and newspapers, click on A-Z
  3. Type in the title and click Search.
  4. Tabs will display. If it is available online, you'll see "View It." If it is available in a library, you'll see "Find it at the Library."

If you have any questions, please ask a librarian.

Library of Congress Call Number Classification System: What is it?


We use the Library of Congress Call Number Classification System to arrange our collection. Clicking on the image below will launch a LibGuide that will help you 
understand this classification and how to locate items on the shelves. 
 

See also: The Library of Congress - Library of Congress Classification 

Kansas State Polytechnic, other campus libraries, and Annex Offsite: How do I get items from them?

You may request items located in any of our libraries, including Kansas State Polytechnic, be retrieved and sent to any campus library for pick up, through Search It. Follow these steps:

  1. First you'll need to sign into your library account. From the middle of our home page, click on Search It Advanced.
  2. The Sign in link is located in the top right hand corner of Search It. Sign in with your eID and password. You'll now see your name in top right corner. 
  3. Once you have located the item you want to request in Search It, click on Find it at the Library. This will bring up a line that begins with Options: Click on Request and a form will display. Choose information from the drop down menus then click the Request button. 
  4. You will be notified by email when your item is ready for pick up. 

 Distance patrons should use the "Not Available" link which will open a log in screen for Interlibrary Loan. 

Each semester several instructors ask us to place books, videos, copies of old exams, course notes, readings, and/or other types of materials on reserve for their courses. They do this to keep the items secure and to limit the amount of time each item can be checked out (so each person in a class can have a chance to use it).

You can see what we have on reserve by following these steps:

  1. Open Search It Advanced by clicking on this link in the middle of our home page
  2. Click the Course Reserves tab
  3. You can start vague, leave the default field, and type in a subject such as history in the search box.
  4. Then, if needed, Refine My Results by choosing a link under Course Name, Course Code and Section, Course Instructors, or Academic Department
  5. If you don't find it; we may still have it. Contact Library Help and we will check for you.

See also

Textbook: Do you have my textbook? Reserves: How can I check out reserves items?
Reserves: How long can I have a reserves item?

Where can I find salary information for state of Kansas employees?

The Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) states that citizens have a right to access public records. This includes salaries of state employees but excludes positions paid from private funds, such as coaches.

KansasOpenGov.org -  State Government Payroll Database
Kansas.gov - KanView

How do I find Kansas State University's enrollment statistics?

The Office of the Registrar at Kansas State University publishes the university's enrollment statistics reported on the 20th day of classes. They are available on the Registar's web site under "Tabulations".

  Enrollment Statistics

Public Data

    • by Academic Year
    • by Ethnic Group
    • by Residency
    • by Full Time / Part Time status
    • by College

Campus-Only Data

    • 2009-current year
    • 1997-2008

24 hour study in Hale Library: Where is it?

image of the 24 hour study

The Anita C. Lehner 24 Hour Study Area is located on the 1st floor. It has mac computers, a printer, and provides electronic access to resources when the main part of Hale Library is closed. Unlike the InfoCommons in the main part of Hale Library, these computers require an eID and password to access. Pay phones with free on campus calls are available. Need a snack? The study area has vending machines and is the home of Einstein Brothers Bagels. - Einstein's hours

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Rooms 301 and 401 in Hale Library: Where are they?

map of room 301

Reserve a Conference Room

The Montgomery Family Conference Room, Hale 301A, is on the south side of the third floor of Hale Library. Map
The William T. Kemper Foundation Conference Room, Hale 401B, is on the south side of the fourth floor of Hale Library. Map

Both are available for K-State students, staff, and faculty to reserve evenings (after 5:00 pm) and weekends. Feel free to use one of the rooms anytime, day or night, if no one else is occupying the rooms or has it reserved. A RoomWizard device displays the scheduled appointments outside each room.

Graduate Study Rooms

Hale Library has fifty-one individual desks in a shared space available for graduate study. For access or more information see: Graduate Study Rooms

Kansas State Polytechnic, Math/Physics, Weigel Architecture, and the Veterinary Medical Libraries

To learn about the availability of rooms or study areas at any of these libraries, please contact the individual library directly.

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Library Help in Hale Library: Where is it?

Library Help is located on the north side of the second floor and is visible from Hale Library's main entrance. You can go to Library Help for help answering questions about the university or libraries, help with research, equipment issues, check out material, pick up your Interlibrary Loan request, check out Reserve material and more. Stop by and see us, we're glad you're here. 

See also
Information for Undergraduates
Information for Graduate Students

Building: Where are the K-State libraries?

Kansas State University Libraries form the academic heart of Kansas State University. There are five libraries, including Kansas State Polytechnic, with Hale Library being the main and largest library. Come and visit us and see what we have to offer.

For more information see Library Locations.

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The Great Room, also known as the Cathedral Room, and affectionately named the Harry Potter Room by students for its resemblance to Hogwarts Castle's Great Hall, is located in room 304 on the 3rd floor of Hale Library, north of Stack E. - Map.

The Great Room, as part of the historical Farrell Library with its' Collegiate Gothic architecture style and location in the Quiet Zone, is a great place for quiet study. Our students say they actually feel smarter when they study there. 

See also
A Brief History of K-State Libraries

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Student Positions

Hale and Math/Physics Libraries

Student positions are listed at Jobs at K-State Libraries.

Weigel Architecture and Veterinary Medical Libraries

Ask a library staff member about student employment opportunities and how to apply.

Polytechnic Library

Information is displayed in the Student Positions section of About Us.

Professional Positions

Once the positions display, click on the title to see the full position description.

Manhattan Campus

Library positions

Library User Specialists (3)

All job openings

Polytechnic Campus

All Polytechnic job openings

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Dissertations or Theses: How can I get mine bound?

Information on obtaining a personal copy of your own dissertation, thesis, or report is found on the Electronic Theses, Dissertations, and Reports site.

See also
Theses and dissertations: Can I borrow or purchase a copy?

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Kansas State University at Manhattan

We are currently not accepting donations, with the exceptions of

  • Gift books written by K-State faculty that are not currently in the general collection
  • Materials that enhance our unique holdings in Special Collections and Archives

Donors are encouraged to coordinate the donation of rare books and manuscripts with Roger Adams, the Rare Books Librarian.

More information can be found on our Gift Policies page.

Donations for The Friends Bookshop

If you would like to donate to the Friends of the K-State Libraries’ Friends Bookshop please contact Darchelle Martin.

Kansas State Polytechnic

To learn about how to donate books to the Kansas State Polytechnic Library, contact one of their librarians.

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Kansas State University at Manhattan

Was the class one for which you had to sign up and come to the library, e.g., DED075 tour, Library Tour for University Experience, or Refworks Introduction? If so, your options are:

    • If you have a specific question, use the options on Ask a Librarian to chat with a librarian online, call, e-mail, or visit a librarian in-person.
    • If you need to know everything the class covered, you will need to retake the class. Check our calendar of classes: http://www.lib.k-state.edu/classes-and-tours

Was the class one for which you did not have to sign up ? If so, your options are:

Kansas State Polytechnic

To learn what to do if you took a class from the Kansas State Polytechnic Library and can not remember what it covered, please contact a librarian.

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Hale Library

  • Visit Library Help during our service hours to drop off or pick up a lost or found item.
  • IT Help Desk, 214 Hale, has a small lost and found for items left in their areas. Contact the IT Help during their hours of operation

Weigel Architecture, Kansas State Polytechnic, Math/Physics, and the Veterinary Medical Libraries

To learn about lost and found at any of these libraries, contact the individual library directly.

K-State Police

We encourage you to contact or visit the K-State Police Department, the location for the University's Lost and Found, to turn in or locate lost items. 

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Kansas State University at Manhattan

You may contact one of our Collection Management Librarians, or fill out our Purchase Recommendation Form. They will review your recommendation to purchase a book, journal, or other format, and will contact you with more information.

Kansas State Polytechnic

To learn how to request that a book be purchased by the Kansas State Polytechnic library, contact a librarian.

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How do I print in the Library? Basic information on our 3D printer.

Hale, Math/Physics, and Weigel Architecture Libraries

Printing at these libraries is similar to how you would print at home – but with a few more steps. Students, faculty & staff are allocated $10.00 each semester & $5.00 during the summer for free printing. Add funds to your K-State ID card online or at the ID Center. Community members, see Library Help, 2nd floor Hale Library for printing assistance.

How to Print  (link will open in new window to the Printer section of our Equipment Guide) It will show:

    • print costs
    • how to print from an InfoCommons computer
    • how to print from your laptop or from another campus computer
    • how to print single-sided
    • how to print and pay for your copies
    • how to check your print balance

3D Printing  (link will open in new window to the 3D Printing section of our Equipment Guide) It will show:

    • 3D print cost
    • printer use policy
    • contact information

If you have any problems with printing, you can get help at the IT Help Desk. (You Tube video) How to get to the IT Help Desk

Kansas State Polytechnic and the Veterinary Medical libraries

To learn how to print in any of these libraries, contact the individual library directly.

See also
Printing: Can I print 11" x 17" in the library?
Printing: Do you have a color printer?
Information Technology Services' Duplex and single-sided printing

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Hale Library

Hale Library has two color print stations, in in the center of the 2nd floor and one in the Media Development Center, Hale 213. To print in color follow the instructions at How to print except select the printer named papercut/color from the print dialog box. Go to either of the color print station on the 2nd floor to release your print job.

How to Print (link will open in new window to the Printer section of our Equipment Guide) It will show: 

  • print costs
  • how to print from an InfoCommons computer
  • how to print from any other computer or laptop
  • how to release print jobs from the print station

Weigel Architecture Library

Weigel Architecture Library has one color printer. To print in color follow the instructions for How to Print (see above) except you'll release the job at the color print station in Weigel.

Math / Physics, Kansas State Polytechnic, and the Veterinary Medical Libraries

To learn about the possibility of printing in color at any of these libraries, contact the individual library directly.

You can read more about printing in the InfoCommons on the Information Technology Services’ University Computing Labs and K-State InfoCommons page.

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Hale, Weigel, and Math/Physics Libraries

Yes, as long as you are connected to the KSU Wireless network. 

How to Print (link will open in new window to the Printer section of our Equipment Guide) It will show:

    • print costs
    • how to print from an InfoCommons computer
    • how to print from a computer or laptop on campus
    • how to release print jobs from the print station

Kansas State Polytechnic

To learn about the possibility of printing from your laptop at the Kansas State Polytechnic Library, contact a librarian.

See also
Printing: How do I print in the library?
Printing: Do you have a color printer?

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Hale, Math/Physics, and Weigel Architecture Libraries

Students, faculty & staff have limited free printing - $10.00 each semester & $5.00 during the summer. Community members also have free limited printing - see Library Help, 2nd floor Hale Library for printing assistance.  

Printing costs - link will open Printing cost section of Equipment Guide in new window and show: 

    • print costs
    • cost of other functions from the copy/scan/black and white combination machines
    • how to add funds to your ID Card

Kansas State Polytechnic and the Veterinary Medical libraries

To learn how to print in any of these libraries, contact the individual library directly.

See also

University Computing Labs and K-State InfoCommons
Printing: How do I print in the library?
Printing: Do you have a color printer?

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By default, the black/white printers in the university's InfoCommons will print on both sides of every sheet. However, if you want to print single-sided using the InfoCommons computers, here is how you can do it from the print-options screen:

Windows computers:

1) In some programs like Microsoft Word, Excel or Adobe's PDF reader, there is an option to change the printer settings by selecting "Print One Sided" or un-checking "Print on both sides of paper" on the print-options screen.
OR
2) In all programs you will be able to select "Properties" or "Printer Properties" on the print-options screen. This will open a new window with more options.

Under the "Printing Shortcuts" tab, you can select "General Everyday Printing" and click "OK" to print single-sided

Mac computers:
1)
In programs like Adobe's PDF reader, there is the option to uncheck "Two-Sided" on the print-options screen.
OR
2) In all programs, you will be able to change the "Presets" for printing and manually select the "Default Settings" option in order to print single-sided.

See also:

Printing: How do I print in the library?
Printing: Do you have a color printer?

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Printing: How do I add money to my print account?

Hale, Math/Physics and Weigel Architecture Libraries

Your print account is your Cat Cash account. Once you have used your semester print money ($10 for the fall and spring semesters; $5 in the summer), you can add money to your Cat Cash account online with a debit or credit card.

If you prefer to add money to your account using cash or check, you can do this at the K-State ID Center on the first floor of the Union during their office hours.

Kansas State Polytechnic, and the Veterinary Medical Libraries

To learn about paying for printing at any of these libraries, please contact the individual library directly.

See also
Printing: How do I print in the library?

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Hale, Math/Physics, and Weigel Architecture Libraries

Reprints and Refunds (link will open in new window to this section of our Equipment Guide) It will show:

    • How to check your print balance
    • Options to reprint or request a refund

Kansas State Polytechnic and the Veterinary Medical Libraries

To learn about how to fix problems with printers at any of these libraries, contact the individual library directly.

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Printing: Can I print 11" x 17" in the library?

Hale Library

Black and white and color 11" x 17" printing is available in Hale Library. To print an 11"x17" black and white copy, format the print job in black and white / grayscale before printing. It will be the price of a black and white print job if the original copy does not have any color. Printing cost for 11"x17" black and white copies is 20¢ and color copies are 70¢. To print 11" x 17" in either black and white or color follow the instructions to How to print except select the printer named papercut/color from the print dialog box. There are two color print stations, one in the center of the 2nd floor and one in the Media Development Center, Hale 213. Go to either of these stations to release your print job.

How to Print (link will open in new window to the Printer section of our Equipment Guide) It will show:

  • print costs
  • how to print from an InfoCommons computer
  • how to print from any other computer or laptop
  • how to release print jobs from the print station

Weigel Architecture Library

11" x 17" black and white printing is available at Weigel Library when you select this option within the printing properties menu. See posted printing instructions in the computer area or ask a Weigel Library staff member for assistance.

Math/Physics and Veterinary Medical libraries

11" x 17" printing is not available in these libraries. Printing is available by visiting the Media Development Center in Hale, Room 213.

Kansas State Polytechnic

To learn about the possibility of printing 11" x 17" at the Kansas State Polytechnic Library, contact a librarian.

See also
Printing: How do I print in the library?

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Journal articles: How can I find some on my topic?

Search It

Use Search It, our discovery tool, to locate books, articles, music, movies, ebooks and more. It searches our local collection and most, but not all, of our databases. It returns results that can be refined various ways including Peer-reviewed Journals, Full Text resources, Topic, and Creation Date. Access it from the search box in the middle of the K-State Libraries homepage.

Search It: What can it help me search for?
Search It Orientation Guide

Articles K-State Libraries has access to can be discovered in our databases

To locate articles in a database, first go to the K-State Libraries homepage, hover over the Research tab and choose databases at the top of the screen. The databases page includes several features that will help you to discover the right database for your area of study.

From the databases landing page, you'll see a database that we recommend as a great place to start - Proquest Research Library. We have databases that cover specific topics. If you're interested in one of these, use the academic subject areas listed in the right sidebar, which are organized according to K-State's colleges and departments.

The databases page features a search box at the top right of the screen which locates databases by title and also by keywords in the database summaries. Along the same top menu bar, there is an alphabetical listing which is useful if you know the title of the database for which you are looking. There is a link titled Tags, which is another method of organizing our databases that includes a variety of tags, such as newspapers, free, and dissertations.

Many databases have different interfaces, but most involve a basic and advanced search option, three search boxes, and advanced search limits. Use keywords that describe your topic to discover articles. Depending on the results of your search, try various search terms and keyword combinations. Remember to use the subject headings or descriptors provided with each article for advanced searching.

Is there a particular journal you're looking for? Try browsing our A-Z list or try Search It by limiting the "Material Type" to "Journals."  

If you have further questions, Ask a Librarian.

See also
Articles: How do I get articles when I already know the titles I want?

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How can I find articles on a topic in a specific journal?

You can find articles in a specific journal by using our Search It tool. From the middle of the libraries' home page, click on "Search It Advanced." This displays a search box. 

To demonstrate this concept, I'll search for articles on Alzeimer's in the journal Nature during the last year. Below, the image and the steps show how the fields might look.

    • type in your topic
    • Material Type - choose Articles
    • Publication Date - choose Last year
    • click the Search button
    • your results will display

Once your search results display, limit the entries to a specific journal by following these steps:

    • go to Refine My Results on the left hand side of the screen
    • scroll down until you see Journal Title
    • click on More options to display a Refine Search box (see image below)
    • check the box under Include and beside Nature
    • click Continue
    • the entries will update to reflect your action

refine Search It result by journal title

Identify additional articles on a topic in a specific journal by using one of our library databases. Let us know if we can help: Ask a Librarian

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Peer-reviewed articles: What are they? How do I find them?

What is a peer-reviewed article?

A peer-reviewed article is one that has been reviewed and approved by one or more individuals who have expertise in the article's topic. This process is intended to ensure that only high quality, methodologically sound information is presented in the article.

How can I find a peer-reviewed article?

  1. Search It, an easy-to-use search tool on our homepage, allows you to filter your results by selecting "Peer-Reviewed Journals" at the top of your search results. This can help you find many peer-reviewed articles from many different databases on a wide array of topics.
  2. Many of our databases include information about peer-reviewed articles. Several of these databases group peer-reviewed articles in a tab. Some provide a box on their advanced search screen that can be used to limit to peer-reviewed articles. A large number, however, do not clearly designate an article as peer-reviewed. When in doubt, search the database Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory by the title of the journal. It's informational page about the journal will specify if it is peer-reviewed.

See also
Articles: What are scholarly articles? How can I find some?

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Scholarly articles: What are they? How can I find some?

What is a scholarly article?

Scholarly articles are written by researchers, many of whom work at colleges or universities, but you will also find them written by authors from research institutions or similar organizations. Scholarly articles typically convey the results of research studies, discuss theories, or otherwise explore a discipline. They are written by researchers for other researchers and typically assume that the reader already understands the basic concepts.

So scholarly articles are

  • written by researchers (like your professors) to be read by other scholars (including other professors, researchers, and undergraduate and graduate students)
  • written to explore research and ideas to increase our knowledge and understanding
  • a conversation between scholars to discuss and examine research, methods, and theories
  • written by scholars and reviewed by scholars. This process is known as peer review

How do I find scholarly sources?

  • Search It can help you find many articles from many different databases and you can make sure that your results are "scholarly" by applying the "Peer-Reviewed Journals" filter to your searches.
  • Journal articles and more can be found in Kansas State University Libraries' databases.  Some databases only include scholarly sources, and others will permit you to search only scholarly sources or view only scholarly sources.
  • Books can be found in Search It and in our databases of books. Many are written by university professors and published by university presses.

You will find scholarly articles for every field, but do be aware that a scholarly article in biochemistry is going to be a bit different from a scholarly article in modern languages.

If you aren't sure you are looking at a scholarly article, take a look at the Anatomy of a Scholarly Article from North Carolina State University or the Scholarly vs. Popular Articles comparison guide from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries.

Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory provides information on over 210,000 regularly and irregularly published journals. If you aren't sure if an article you found is scholarly, Ulrich's is a great place to look for more information because it will indicate the intended audience and whether a journal publishes peer-reviewed (or refereed) articles.

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Primary Sources: How do I find them?

What qualifies as a primary source varies somewhat by topic and discipline. In most cases, a primary source is anything that comes directly from the person or business being researched. In the cases of events, reports of first-hand accounts also qualify. For example, if you are researching Thomas Jefferson, a primary source could be a letter he wrote, the text of a speech he gave, or a first-hand account of something he did or said. Primary sources are distinct from secondary sources, which are interpretations or analyses created by consulting primary sources.

K-State Libraries have access to millions of primary sources. Here are some tips for finding them:

  • Use our Search It tool to find books and documents that are (or that contain) primary source material
    • Click on the Search It Advanced link located in the middle of our home page.
    • Type the following in the first box: "sources" "narratives" "documents" or "papers."
    • Use the second box to enter keywords describing your topic. If needed you can also use the third box.
  • Search one or more of our databases that have primary source material
  • Search the Hathi Trust Digital Library to read full-text online books and documents that are (or that contain) primary source material.
    • Click the Advanced Catalog Search link
    • In the subject row type: sources OR narratives OR documents OR papers
    • Use the top box to enter keywords describing your topic
    • Click the box next to "Limit to full view"
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K-State Collegian articles: how do I search for them?

Visit our Newspapers in print and online LibGuide for tips on how to search for 

K-State Collegian articles in the

  * kstatecollegian.com
  * Search It
  * Internet Archive
  * Google site search
  * Lexis Nexis Academic database
  * Special Collections

See also
LibGuide tab for The Manhattan Mercury
Library Help in Hale Library: Where is it? 

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Manhattan Mercury: Do you have today's issue? How about the Wall Street Journal?

Kansas State University at Manhattan

Our subscriptions to these newspapers do not usually allow us to have same-day delivery and be available right away. However, if you’re affiliated with Kansas State University and have a student K-State ID card, you can use the card in one of the many free newspaper vending machines across campus. There is one machine in Hale, across from the gates next to the pop machine. Another of these free newspaper vending machines is located in the basement of Seaton Hall, just outside room 063. These machines are part of a Student Newspaper Readership Program and usually contain the Kansas City Star, Manhattan Mercury, New York Times, Topeka Capital-Journal and/or USA Today.

We do have some newspapers available in the library and online. Use Search It to locate newspapers:

  1. From our middle of our home page, you'll see a link to Search It Advanced, click on this.
  2. To access our list of journals, magazines, and newspapers, click on A-Z at the top of the page
  3. Type in the title and click Search.
  4. Tabs will display. If it is available online, you'll see "View It." If it is available in a library, you'll see "Find it at the Library." 

If you have any questions, please ask a librarian

Kansas State Polytechnic

To learn about the availability of current issues of newspapers at the Kansas State Polytechnic Library, please contact a librarian.

See also
Current issues: Where are the current journals, magazines, and newspapers?

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Visit our Newspapers in print and online guide for tips on how to search for Manhattan Mercury articles.

See also
LibGuide tab for The Kansas State Collegian
Library Help in Hale Library: Where is it?

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APA stands for American Psychological Association and is a style guide for formatting in-text citations and references. You can start with our own APA Citation Guide created by K-State Libraries by clicking the button below.

    APA Citation Guide

Here are some useful sites for APA with regard to website citations. They distinguish between citing whole websites or citing documents within websites.

Find other resources in our Citations and Bibliographies guide. 

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MLA (Modern Language Association) is the most common style to cite with in the liberal arts and humanities. You can start with our own MLA Citation Guide created by K-State Libraries by clicking the button below.

    MLA Citation Guide

Here are some useful sites for MLA with regard to website citations

Find other resources in our Citations and Bibliographies guide. 

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Citations: How do I find out who has cited an article?

Do you want to learn who cited a particular article in their own publications? If so, you can trace the influence of an article on others by using two of our databases, which show how frequently an article has been cited, who cited it, and even locate a copy of those citing articles/books.

See the "Cited Articles"box located within the [Journal Articles] tab of our AGCOM 400 Class Guide

See additional information on individual research impact in our Research Impact/Bibliometrics Guide

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Most of our databases can be accessed off-campus

  • Many of our databases are commercial and licensed for educational use only. These will prompt you for a K-State eID and password to gain access.
  • Other databases are free to the public, on and off-campus. Also, try these databases from the State Library of Kansas, free with a Kansas Library Card.
  • There are a few databases that restrict access to campus use only.

Anyone is welcome to use the databases in Hale Library

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Search It is a tool that allows you to search for most (but not all) of the online and print materials owned or subscribed to by K-State Libraries. You can start using it right from the Libraries’ homepage!

What can it do? How can it help me search?

  • You can find books, articles, music, movies, ebooks and more...
  • You can narrow search results by topic, date, language and more...
  • You can filter your results so that you only see things like peer-reviewed articles and full-text online resources.
  • You can customize your account to generate results more closely related to your major or research area and create alerts for newly added materials.
  • You can save your searches and results and view them later.
  • You can export specific results into citation management software like RefWorks.

When should I use it?

  • When you are beginning research on a topic and you are not sure how to begin
  • When you only need a few sources for a small assignment or research project
  • When you are doing multi- or cross-disciplinary research
  • When you are having trouble finding resources in other subject-specific databases

When should I use other resources?

  • When you are doing subject-specific research. For certain subjects (ex. Business), the most extensive and useful research material can be found in our more focused / subject-specific databases.
  • When you already know the title or other citation information for an article that you want to read. It is can be much easier to use E-Journals, or Google-Scholar to find specific materials.
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Alumni services: Can alumni use databases or check out materials?

Kansas State University at Manhattan

As an alumnus, you can check out materials from the Libraries with a current K-State Alumni Association Card. If you’re not a current Alumni Association member, you can still check out materials with purchase of a Community Patron Card ($10/year fee).

These cards do not enable off-campus access to education-restricted licensed online journals and databases. However, anyone visiting the campus can access most of those resources from public computers in Hale Library.

Kansas State Polytechnic

To learn about services available to alumni at the Kansas State Polytechnic Library, contact one of their librarians.

See also
Check out: If I'm a Community member, can I check out items?

Distance students: What library services are available to them?

 Virtually all library services are available to distance students. You can

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K-State does not have a license for the EndNote software. This means that we do not have the connection files that permit researchers to search library databases from within EndNote. You can still use EndNote for exporting/downloading/saving citations from many of our library databases.

However, we do have access to My EndNote Web, an online version, through our Web of Knowledge databases (including Biological Abstracts, CAB Abstracts, Global Health, Food Science and Technology Abstracts, and Web of Science).The link will appear toward the top of the screen. When using My EndNote Web, users do need to register and create a password. My EndNote Web does not recognize K-State's eIDs and passwords.

For researchers wanting to use bibliographic management software to organize their references and generate citations, K-State subscribes to RefWorks. Additionally, free bibliographic management software programs are available like Zotero and Mendeley.

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RefWorks: What is it? How do I use it?

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English Language: Do you have books to help me learn English?

We have a lot of material to help you learn English. They include books, videos, and sound recordings.

To find what we own, use Search It. In the middle of our home page, you see a link to Search It Advanced. Click on this. Once Search It launches, choose the K-State Libraries only tab.

  • in the first box, change "Any" to "in subject"
  • in the second box, change "contains" to "is (exact)"
  • in the third box, type in "english language study and teaching"
  • click on the Search button
  • your search results will display both "Electronic Resources" and "Available in the Library"
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Microforms: What are they?

Microforms are simply miniaturized copies of written documents. The term 'microforms' actually refers to several different miniaturization formats. The following are the four types of microform material found in Hale Library:

    1. Microfilm - a 35mm strip of transparent film that is wrapped around a small reel (just like old movies!)

 

 

    1. Microfiche - a transparent card that is usually 4x6 inches.

 

 

 

  1. Microcard - a non-transparent card that is usually the same size as a 3x5 inch notecard.
  2. Microprint - a larger non-transparent card.  Normally 5x7 inches

 

Some of the materials included in our microform collections are historical newspapers, ERIC (education) documents, historical children's books, pamphlets, letters, and many government publications.

Ask a librarian if you think you need to use microform material. In addition to helping you find the individual items, they may be able to help you find the document on the internet in a more readily accessible format.

The idea behind transforming a document into microform material is to save physical space in the library and help preserve information from physical decay. This also means that the only way to read through these materials is to use a special machine. We have a microform reader on the 2nd floor of Hale Library near Library Help, and several more on the 3rd floor.

Microforms by Subject Area

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Government Documents Microforms

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RefWorks: What is it? How do I use it?

Refworks is an online application that makes it easy to organize information about articles, books, websites, and other research documents. It also simplifies the process of creating a bibliography (or references cited list), and when paired with Write-n-Cite, simplifies the process of creating in-text citations. Kansas State University faculty, staff, and students may use RefWorks. Students who create a RefWorks account while enrolled at K-State may retain access to their account after they graduate. K-State Libraries often provides free classes on using RefWorks.

Getting Started in RefWorks

Always access RefWorks through K-State Libraries’ home page: www.lib.k-state.edu

  • If you are off campus and access RefWorks through K-State Libraries’ home page, you will be asked for your K-State eID and password
  • If you are off-campus and access RefWorks by going to: www.refworks.com, you will be asked for your Group Code
  • RefWorks Help

See the RefWorks tab in the Citations and Bibliographies LibGuide for information on

  • Creating an account, or multiple accounts
  • How to get forgotten login information
  • Manuals and tutorials
  • Write-N-Cite
  • Add and Exporting References
  • Intermediate Tips
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