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ENG 603: Technical and Professional Writing: Finding Articles & Books

This guide includes research tips and resources for students taking Technical Writing. Recommended resources include search databases, journals, e-books, webpages exhibiting gamification, and citation guides.

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Background Research

Background Research

You might want to do some background research in encyclopedias and reference materials to get some background information and develop some ideas for potential topics and keywords. These resources provide generally accepted knowledge about your topic and can help you gain a foundational understanding of it. As you develop your research topic, keep a list of keywords to use when searching databases. Try searching some of the reference resources listed below:

Recommended Research Databases

Pros/Cons: Both Sides of an Issue

The following databases provide overview pages and arguments showing pros/cons of controversial and/or complex issues:

All-Purpose Databases

The following databases are interdisciplinary and cover a wide range of topics while still providing you the advanced search features of searching within a research database:

Social Work Databases

The following databases will cover social work and social issues:


Get started with a quick search of the catalog and multiple databases.

Learn How to Use the Catalog

This interactive tutorial will walk you through the basic features of the Library Catalog.

Search for magazine, newspaper, and scholarly journal articles.
Search Digital Archives to find digitized photos, FHSU theses, yearbooks, and more.
Search Books & More to find books & e-books, print & e-journals, DVDs, CDs, government documents, & more.

Finding Books

Using the Library Catalog to Find E-Books

To search within the e-books available through Forsyth Library, use the following steps:

  1. Visit the Forsyth Library Catalog
  2. Enter Keywords: Search the library catalog for keywords related to your topic
  3. Show Only Filter: Using the right sidebar filter, under "Show Only", select "Full Text Online" to only see search results that are electronically available
  4. Resource Type Filter: Using the right sidebar filter, under "Resource Type", select "Books" to limit your results to only view e-books. Each catalog record will direct you to the research database where that ebook is located to access it.

Searching E-Book Research Databases

You might also want to search within some of the e-book research databases because the search engine within the database allows you to search at a more detailed level (within chapter titles, etc.). Explore the e-book databases listed below:

More Information & Tutorials About E-Books

Visit the guide below for more information, discipline specific databases for e-books, free and open access e-book databases, and instructions for using the Ebsco and ProQuest ebooks platforms.

Using the Library Catalog to Find Books in the Library

To search within the books physically located in Forsyth Library, use the following steps:

  1. Visit the Forsyth Library Catalog
  2. Enter Keywords: Search the library catalog for keywords related to your topic
  3. Show Only Filter: Using the right sidebar filter, under "Show Only", select "Available in the Library" to only see search results that have a physical location on the shelf
  4. Location Filter: Using the right sidebar filter, under "Location", you might want to narrow your search results a bit more by selecting the type of book you're willing to find (ex. you might want to exclude Juvenile Literature results from your selection if don't want Children's books integrated into your results.) The location "General Collection - Second Level" will mean that it's a standard book located on the top floor of the library. 

Using Call Numbers to Find Books on the Shelves

To find books in Forsyth Library, you can either use a call number you've located in the library catalog to located it on the shelf or you can browse the shelves in a call number range relevant to your topic. The General Collection books are located on the 2nd level.

1.  How to Read Call Numbers: Watch this video

2. How Books & Journals are Organized in Forsyth Library: Library of Congress System
Click a heading to see what subdivisions are included in each category:

Interlibrary Loan

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service provided to FHSU faculty, staff, and students. If you need a book, article or other item to which Forsyth Library does not have access, you can use ILL to request it from another library. 

What can be borrowed?
Journal articles (both print and digital), print books, audiovisual materials, microforms, theses and dissertations.

What cannot be borrowed?
Textbooks, E-Books, some reference works such as encyclopedias.

Online Students
As an online student, you can use ILL to request items physically located at Forsyth Library to be mailed to you. You can also use ILL to borrow electronic or physical materials from other libraries. Physical items will be mailed to your personal address but you are responsible for paying return shipping.

View the examples in the box below of instances when you should use ILL.

How to Use ILL

  1. Create an Account If this is your first time using Interlibrary Loan, you'll need to create an account. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "First Time Users Click Here" to complete the account registration form. 
  2.  Login Once you have an account, use your ILL username and password (this is not linked to your TigerNetID) to login. If you forget your username or password, please contact the Interlibrary Loan office at 785-628-4351.
  3. Select the Type of Item Using the left sidebar menu, under "New Request", select the type of item you want to display the correct request form
  4. Complete the Form To the best of your ability, complete the form with as much information as you know about the desired item, including the author, title, publication date, etc. You can either copy and paste this information over from your search results page. Or automatically fill in the form fields by clicking the "Not available? Request from Interlibrary Loan" link from the library catalog results.
  5. Wait This varies by item. Articles can usually be sent to you electronically and arrive quickly (2-5 days). Physical items take longer (7-10+ days). We strive to fill all requests in the shortest time possible. But if you need the article for a paper that is due in a day or two, you may not receive it in time.
  6. Watch for a Notification That Your Item is Ready For books and other physical items, you’ll receive an email when your ILLiad request is available for pick-up at the Learning Commons Desk. For articles and electronically delivered items, you’ll receive an email when the item is ready to download from the ILL dashboard.
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Tips for Completing ILL Request Form

Below are a few tips for completing the ILL Request Form.

  • Autofill ILL Request Form from Library Catalog
    When searching for materials in Forsyth Library's Research Databases or using the Forsyth Library Search Everything tool, if there is an item that you want to read for your research, click the link "Not Available? Request from Interlibrary Loan?" to autofill the article or book chapters information into the ILL Request Form. Always double check the information transferred into the form correctly before submitting.
  • Autofill ILL Request Form from WorldCat
    You can also autofill the ILL Request form by searching in WorldCat. To enable this feature, you must either be on campus or access WorldCat through the Research Databases list on Forsyth Library's website or using the link below to connect your search experience with Forsyth Library's tools. Always double check the information transferred into the form correctly before submitting.


Contact Interlibrary Loan

  • Phone: 785-628-4351
  • Email:
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 7AM - 4PM

Resetting Your Password

If you forget your password, you will need to contact the Interlibrary Loan office at 785-628-4351 to get it reset. There is no "forgot my password" function in Illiad. If you know your password but want to change it, log in to Illiad, and use the options under Tools on the left.