Library Research Guide
Use Search It to find books owned by K-State Libraries.
Enter title, author, or keywords in the Search It box on the Libraries home page.
Click the K-State Libraries only option on the search results page to only see items owned by K-State.
If we own the title, Search it will tell you where it is and how you can find it. Many titles are not immediately available due to Hale's fire. Follow the links to request the book from another library (this is interlibrary loan.)
In both Search It and WorldCat, use broad search terms like the author, title of the work, or genre. They do not search the full text of a book, just information about the book.
Every book in the library has a call number, and you'll need the whole number to find one on the shelf.
When searching for an original work or text, like Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, you will often see false hits such as works with similar titles or criticisms of the work.
Use these strategies to focus your results in order to find the actual text of the work:
Use the Advanced Search screen to limit your search terms to fields like Author or Title.
Click the K-State Libraries only tab to limit your results to materials owned by K-State Libraries.
For example, when searching for a copy of Much Ado About Nothing, entering Shakespeare in the Author/Creator field means that the only results you will see must have Shakespeare as the author.
Pro tip: Shakespeare still gets author credit for films and musical works based on his writing, so you may still see false hits, just fewer of them.
The author and title options appear on the basic search screen, the screen that appears when WorldCat opens.
Use quotation marks around a title of a work to force WorldCat to search it as an exact phrase.
For example, when searching for James Baldwin's Go Tell it on the Mountain
In Search It and WorldCat, use the title search and add a keyword or two to describe a unique feature of the work.
For example, when searching for The Pearl, add the term middle English to your search. Also try the term Gawain, as the author is sometimes referred to as Gawain Poet.
When searching for a specific edition or translation of a work, add the editor, translator, or series title to your search.
For example, if you are searching for the Yale Shakespeare edition of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing in Search It:
The sought for edition should appear at the top of the results list.