Resource of the Month
Each month WSU Libraries' Department of Collection Development features
a "Resource of the Month" designed to highlight some of the library's new, interesting,
under-used, large, unique, or otherwise noteworthy collections and
resources. You can learn more about the "Resource of the Month" on
this website, from the display in the reference area, by attending a
workshop (if available), or by contacting the Reference Desk at
If you are
interested in learning more about a previous "Resource of the Month,"
Trace your family tree and complete a
local history project. HeritageQuest Online™
is a web-based reference tool that will allow
you to start exploring your roots by searching the database's millions
of records for clues to your past - as far back as the 1700s.
Several sources are available: the U.S. Federal Census collection, over
20,000 family and local history books, an index to nearly 2 million
magazine articles with genealogical information, and a vast database of
Revolutionary War era records.
No workshops are
scheduled at this time.
How Do I
There is a
link on the WSU Libraries' website under Electronic Resources /
Electronic Databases. You have the option of looking for it under
the subject links or the alphabetic links (http://library.wichita.edu/colldev/electrondatabase.htm).
If you are accessing
from off-campus you will be prompted to
enter your myWSU ID number and password for authentication
I Use HeritageQuest?
presents a varied and in-depth set of data for amateur and professional
genealogists and historians. This database includes genealogy and
local history collections, 1790-1930 U.S. Federal Census information,
the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), and Revolutionary War Pension and
Bounty Land Warrant Application files.
In addition to the
various collections available in HeritageQuest there is a Results List
which provides a list of materials that meet the users search criteria,
ranked by relevance. The user can customize the results, set the
number of citations per page, sort by element of choice, modify the
search, or move from the citation of choice to full page image with one
The Notebook feature allows the user
to take notes on census records, books, or citations then print, email
or download them during the current session. Finally, the Search
History feature saves every search used during a session. Users
can retrieve their previous search strategies for reuse or
Results List, Notebook, and Search History
Full text of over 20,000 family and local histories
More than 250 primary source documents
More than 6,300 genealogy and local history
Files that identify over 80,000 Americans who
served in the Revolutionary War
Guide Template.pdfSample Search:
For assistance with HeritageQuest™, contact Wichita State University Libraries'
Research Services Desk at 978-3584.