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ID 651 - Design for Supportive Environments

This class guide supports student research for the Fall 2018 session of ID 651.

Scholarly & Peer-Reviewed

Scholarly resources:

  • Written by scholars in a particular field, often for an academic press or the journal of a professional association/organization.  
  • With scholarly resources, an editor or team of editors is responsible for determining the relevance and quality of these scholarly works which may include an article, book chapter, study, etc.  
  • The publishing of scholarly works may or may not involve an official peer-review process.  
  • Authors of scholarly works address their audiences assuming a depth of subject knowledge on the part of the reader and utilize the accepted professional vocabulary of that discipline.  


  • Refers to a process in which scholarly works are formally reviewed by a panel of experts in an author's discipline, prior to publication.
  •  This official editorial process is meant to ensure that authors of these works maintained a sufficient degree of academic rigor and applied high standards of research to their work.
  • Peer-reviewed works are considered scholarly; but not all scholarly works have been submitted through a peer-review process.

Searching Tips

Databases vs. Internet searches:

  • Databases offer electronic access to articles, book chapters, reports, etc. that have been compiled and cataloged by a reputable organization.
  • K-State Libraries pays to subscribe to databases and the information found here is generally not found freely available on the Internet.  
  • Databases are global in scope and content and their content is created and maintained by various companies and organizations.

Search Tips:

Keywords: It can be helpful to track the terminology/keywords that work best as well as possible synonyms and experiment with different search terms. 

Advanced Search/Guided Search: these options offer multiple search boxes allowing greater control and use of Boolean Operators (AND & OR & NOT).

  • AND = both concepts must be present, helps limit the search
  • OR = great for synonyms, helps broaden the search while staying within the subject area
  • NOT = exclude an unrelated term, or to weed out irrelevant results

Examples of advanced searches:

  • "interior design" AND history
  • "Château de Versailles" OR "Palace of Versailles"
  • "Nigel Coates" NOT "book review"
  • History AND ("universal design" OR "inclusive design")

Subject Headings: "Subject Headings" or "Descriptors" help narrow your search. These tags group items by category. Different databases recognize different terms and as you find them, you can construct your search using the terminology of that database. 

Get It: No full text available? Click on "Get It" to view your options for connecting with the full text.  It may be available electronically, as a print copy available on campus, or via Interlibrary Loan. 

Truncation: Using truncation, a search for teen* collects "teen", "teens", "teenager", "teenagers", etc. by adding all possible endings to the word stem (broadens your search while staying on topic). The truncation symbol may differ by resource.

Wildcard: Use "wildcard".  For example: wom?n searches for "women" or "woman"

Help: look for the “Help” section or Ask a Librarian.