Search for books at K-State Libraries and those at other libraries simultaneously. The WorldCat database can help you to determine if your topic is mentioned within a book — many records include the table of contents.
We highly recommend the Advanced Search option (see image below).
We highly recommend the "Advanced Search" option — it allows for much greater control when searching.
Search for a book using Search It to get the call number and location:
The call number is displayed next to the library location:
Databases vs. Internet searches:
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).
Examples of advanced searches:
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 might 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.