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Connect to Resources- LIBRARY 101: OVERVIEW

How to access and use library resources!

FHTC Library and Key FHTC Websites

FHTC Mission:

The mission of Flint Hills Technical College is to provide a diverse community of learners with lifelong educational opportunities for personal growth and preparation for professional and civic responsibilities that meet the needs of society.

Library Mission:

The FHTC Library supports the College in providing on-campus and online educational opportunities, connects learners with content through access and services, and enhances personal growth leading to employment and lifelong learning.

Library 101- Section 1 Getting to Know the Resources

FHTC Main Website

The Main FHTC website connects the public to general information, new students to information, catalog listings, general semester course offerings, and application details. Once you are a fully enrolled student, the main resource you will need is listed below.

Library Link listed at the Bottom of the main website page!

Library Page on Main Website

On the right side of the screen are the links to all our Online Library Resources . These links are listed across the top of this page.  Each tab will walk you through these resources: What they offer and how to use them effectively.

My FHTC- Main Student Website

This is the main hub for currently enrolled FHTC students.  Here you will find links to Moodle, Student E-mail, Library resources, course schedules, grades, important student documents, and when the time comes... the graduation application.

Moodle- Online and Hybrid Classes

This link takes you directly to FHTC's Online Class interface. If you are taking an online course or hybrid- this is the key! Log in and then click on "Dashboard" at the top. This will bring up a list of courses you are enrolled in.

Sign-up for RAVE Personal alert system

this link will take you to the registration page for the RAVE e-mail and/or text personal alert system.  This is the system that is used in case of inclement weather closings or other emergencies.

ALERTUS Buidling Wide Emergency Alert App

The ALERTUS app can be downloaded to any phone and links to our building-wide alert system for emergencies.   Go to the app store or Goggle Play on your phone.  Organization code: fhtc (all lowercase)



Physical Library  Hours: 

By Appointment Only (COVID-19 Policy)

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What's New!

Anytime something new is added to the library, it will be posted here!  

New this year: Take a break from studies or burn time between classes with the Creative Station in the library.  Games, puzzles, fiction books, and so much more!


Library of Congress

Other Library Connections

Little Book Swap Corner

The library has limited space and therefore does not have a Fiction reading section.  However, there is a "Little Book Swap Corner" located on the back shelves of the library for patrons to share books.  Take a book or leave a book!  

There is also a student supply "Swap Shop" as well as a "Brain Break" creativity station with puzzles, games, and some craft supplies for student use.

Report Issues or Problems

If any of the links on this page are not working or if there is a question about the information and content provided- please notify the Director of Information Resources by emailing

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If your assignments request specific "types" of resources- it is important to know what those are.  These terms are linked to online examples when you click on them.

Q: What does "Scholarly Article" or "Peer-Reviewed Article" Mean?

Coulter, P. (2016). Richard G. Trefry library: American public University System. Libanswers.

"Scholarly" and "peer reviewed" are often used synonymously, but they are not necessarily the same thing.   Peer reviewed articles are always scholarly, but not all scholarly sources are peer reviewed.   It may seem confusing, but it makes more sense if you think of "scholarly" as an umbrella term for several different kinds of authoritative, credible sourcesThese include:

  • Peer reviewed journals.  These journals primarily exist to publish the research findings of experts in a field. The articles that you see in these journals have been closely scrutinized by a panel of reviewers (also experts in the same field) before they are published.   
  • Trade or professional journals or magazines.  The articles in these periodicals are also written by and for experts, but there is no peer review.  The articles aren't limited to research...they may be news, best practice tips or opinion pieces. 
  • Government Publications  Many government agencies publish books, reports, data or statistics.  Government researchers, like those who publish in peer reviewed or trade journals, are often experts in their field.
  • Books.   Many researchers publish books or book chapters.  

How can you tell if an article is scholarly?  You will have to do some detective-work, but there are some telltale signs:

  • Author(s): Ideally, you should rely on information that has been published by an expert, someone who has studied the topic long and hard.    Most scholarly publications will list an author's credentials (their degrees -- M.S., Ph.D., Ed.D., etc. -  and the institution that they work for) along with his or her name.
  • Content:  Look for articles that cover a topic in detail (more than just a few pages long, typically).   It will probably include some kind of literature review, and discuss the work of other authors, in addition to any original research findings.  Make sure it cites its sources (a scholarly article will always have a "references," "bibliography" or "works cited" list). 
  • Audience:  Scholarly articles are written for professionals in the field.  You will probably notice a lot of technical language and/or discipline-specific jargon.  The tone will be formal.
  • Publisher.  Visit the journal's website to see what organization publishes it.  Professional associations, universities and government agencies are particularly good signs.  As you become more experienced, you'll also start to recognize major publishing companies in your field of study (Wiley, Elsevier, Sage, etc.).
  • Purpose and scope.  When you're on the journal's website, look for an "about" link to learn who the intended audience is and what kind of articles are accepted.
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