Resource of the Month
May 2006

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 978-3584.

If you are interested in learning more about a previous "Resource of the Month," check the archive.

WSU Libraries has purchased over 6,000 e-books from NetLibrary as part of a collection shared with libraries in Kansas and eleven other states through BCR, a nonprofit library cooperative. E-books are electronic versions of printed books and can be viewed online from any terminal connected to the Internet. The WSU Libraries' e-book collection is available to all on-campus users as well as off-campus to WSU-affiliated students, faculty, and staff. 

While an account is not required to login to NetLibrary and search for e-books, an account is required for "checking out"  books. You will only need to set up an account once; the same login and password may be used in all future logins to NetLibrary.

Upcoming Workshops

Find Out More about NetLibrary in Room 217

May 17 (Wednesday) 10:00 a.m.
May 23 (Tuesday) 3:00 p.m.

To sign up for a NetLibrary workshop please contact Scott Goldy, Social Sciences Librarian, at 978-5210 or

How Do I Access NetLibrary

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 (  If you are accessing the NetLibrary from off-campus you will be prompted to enter your Shocker Card number and PIN number for authentication purposes.

Why Should I Use NetLibrary?

NetLibrary offers a comprehensive collection of eContent online.  You can access a wide range of research, reference, and reading materials from any location.  WSU Libraries' subscription to NetLibrary includes electronic full-text copies of published print materials, such as reference books, scholarly monographs, fiction, and nonfiction books.

eBooks are full-text electronic versions of published books that library patrons can search, borrow, read and return over the Internet.  Robust search technology allows users to quickly search the entire eBook collection for authors, titles, or keywords.  eBooks are available for checkout and are automatically checked back into the library collection when the checkout period ends, no overdue fees!

NetLibrary eBook collections range in scope from best-selling fiction and foreign language titles to core academic areas of science, social sciences and the humanities to collections of specialized study in areas such as business, education, library science, medicine, religion and philosophy, computer science, and engineering.

As an added feature, the Houghton Mifflin 4th Edition of The American HeritageŽ Dictionary of the English Language is embedded into all NetLibrary eBooks.  Faculty, staff, and students can obtain dictionary definitions simply by clicking on a word in the eBook, or by entering a word in the dictionary search window.

Features of NetLibrary

  • 72 hour checkout for account holders (accounts are free)
  • Notes - allows reader to add notes to a page
  • Bookmarks - reader can bookmark pages for future reference
  • "eBookshelf" - allows account holders to view what they have checked out

Related Websites

For assistance with NetLibrary, contact Wichita State University Libraries' Reference Desk (978-3584) or Scott Goldy, Social Sciences Librarian, (978-5210 or

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