Innovation and Inspiration: The Campaign for Kansas University

Search It

Find out about our newest research tool: Search It

Overview

There are three search interfaces available for Search It.  While each searches the same content, each shows a different level of detail for your search. 

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

Features:

  • 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: http://www.lib.k-state.edu/ 

The Simple Search Interface in Search It

Features:

  • Four tabs above the search box 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

Features:

  • Four tabs above the search box control the extent of collections covered by your search.
  • Three rows of search boxes to the left of the interface help to specify your search.
    • Use Boolean Operators to help narrow your search results.
      • AND = both concepts must be present, helps limit the search (Ex. stormwater AND management)
      • OR = great for synonyms  (Ex. "universal design" OR "inclusive design")
      • NOT = exclude an unrelated term  (Ex. "nigel coates" NOT "book review")
  • The five fields to the right can be used to further narrow the search results.
  • To find this interface, from the Libraries' home page click the "Advanced Search" link
  • More research needs?  Request an appointment.