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Search It

Learn about our research tool: Search It


There are three search interfaces available for Search It, including the keyword search, the simple search, and the advanced search. While each searches the same content, each shows a different level of detail for your search. See the boxes below for more information on each of these interfaces.

The Search It Box on K-State Libraries' Home Page

Search It box on home page


  • Searches from this box are only keyword searches (no distinction between author, title, etc.).
  • Search It simultaneously searches K-State Libraries' physical holdings and most of its online collections, including millions of articles and electronic books
  • To access this interface, navigate to K-State Libraries' home page: 

The Simple Search Interface in Search It


  • A dropdown menu allows you to control the extent of collections covered by your search.
    • Books, articles + more
    • K-State Libraries only
    • Course Reserves
    • Research Guides
  • Drop-down menus below the search box provide additional control over your search.
  • To find this interface, perform a search using the Search It box on the Libraries' home page. This interface will be shown at the top of the results screen.

The Advanced Search Interface in Search It


  • Four facets in a dropdown menu next to the search box control the extent of collections covered by your search.
  • Use Boolean Operators to help narrow your search results.
    • NOT = exclude an unrelated term  (Ex. "nigel coates" NOT "book review")
    • OR = great for synonyms  (Ex. "universal design" OR "inclusive design")
    • AND = both concepts must be present, helps limit the search (Ex. stormwater AND management)
  • The fields to the right can be used to further narrow the search results.
  • More research needs?  Request an appointment.