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ENGL 310 - Introduction to Literary Studies

This guide provides information about literary resources to aid students enrolled in ENGL 310 locate relevant research materials

Books and Literary Criticism

This page provides guidance for searching for books about literary criticism.
Books can seem intimidating due to their length. However, you may find that you only need to read a chapter or two from a book. 

Search Tips:

  • Use Search It to find books owned by K-State Libraries.
  • Use the database WorldCat to find books owned by libraries around the world. If they are not rare, we can usually request a copy from another library for you through Interlibrary Loan
  • Use broad search terms like the author, title of the work, or genre.
    • Search It and WorldCat only search for keywords in fields like: Author, Title, Subject, Abstract and (sometimes) Table of Contents.
  • When you find a relevant book, use the Subject Headings to find more books like that one.
  • When you find a relevant book, look at the books shelved next to it—they should be on the same or similar topic.

Searching for Items on a Topic in Search It

Use K-State Libraries Only option to search for books, videos, and other items owned by K-State Libraries.
Enter keywords to search for items on a topic.
Search It shows if an item is available and where it is shelved.

1. Enter keywords in Search It's search box.


2. Click K-State Libraries only option to search for items owned by K-State Libraries.

Search It screen displaying keyword search in KState Libraries only


3. Item record shows if an item is available and where it is shelved.

Screenshot indicating availability and location of a book in Search It


4. Virtual Browse shows items shelved nearby the item you found. They have similar call numbers, so will usually be about a similar topic.

Screenshot demonstrating Virtual Browse feature in Search It

Searching for a Specific Title in Search It

Use Search It to search for specific titles in K-State Libraries.

Enter title in the Search It search box.

Search It box showing title search

Signing in to Your Library Account

Signing in allows you to:

  • See check-out periods for K-State Libraries' physical items.
  • See a list of physical items you currently have checked out from K-State Libraries.
  • Renew items you have checked out from K-State Libraries.
  • Save results to your e-Shelf.
  • Save search queries so you can re-run them at a later time.
  • Add tags and reviews.
  • Maximize the amount of content visible in your search results.

Click "Sign in" in the top right corner of the screen and enter your K-State eID and password.

Location of sign in option

Saving to Your e-Shelf in Search It

Save items to your e-Shelf by clicking on the star next to an item. 

location of the star to save a result to the e-shelf in Search It

To access the e-Shelf, sign into Search It and click the e-Shelf link.

Within the e-Shelf, you can organize, print, and e-mail any saved search results. You can also export them to citation management programs like RefWorks - check our guide on Citations and Bibliographies.