HIST 301 - Topics in History

This guide contains suggestions for students conducting research in a HIST 301 course. Occasionally, a sub-page is created for a specific topics course.

Library Research Guide


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Welcome to the HIST 301 Library Research Guide! This guide is designed to help you learn how to use K-State Libraries' many resources. If this guide does not have the information you are looking for, don't hesitate to Ask A Librarian for help any time during the Libraries' service hours


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Electronic books

Some of K-State Libraries databases contain fulltext e-books. Some of these titles can be found in Search It. You can also search in the e-book databases:

Databases: Finding Scholarly Articles

Interlibrary Loan: How to get materials when K-State doesn't own a copy

In the course of your research, you will discover articles, books, and other materials that are not immediately available to you because:

  • K-State Libraries do not own them, or
  • they are currently checked out.

Request these materials through interlibrary loan. Every current K-State student, faculty, and staff member has an interlibrary loan account. The first time you login to that account with your eID and password you will be prompted to provide contact information to finish setting up the account.

Essential Facts About our Interlibrary Loan Service:

  • K-State Libraries will pay for the cost of obtaining these items.
  • Typical delivery times are
    • 2-5 days for PDFs (articles, chapters, etc.)
    • 3-10 days for other material
  • PDFs are uploaded to your Interlibrary Loan account.
  • You will receive an e-mail when your item is available.
  • You can request textbooks through Interlibrary Loan, but our ability to get textbooks is dependent upon another library having a copy available to loan to us.

Interlibrary Loan Pro-Tips

  • Chapters (or anything under 50 pages) are scanned and uploaded as a pdf for you. If you know the pages, you can request a book chapter and get it faster than requesting the whole book.
  • Books are processed faster if you include the ISBN or OCLC number.
  • If you are a Distance Student look for the "Not Available? Request from Interlibrary Loan" link in Search It to request a book from K-State Libraries.

Document Delivery: How to Request Articles and Chapters through Interlibrary Loan

Use Interlibrary Loan to request a PDF copy of an article even when the physical copy is available in K-State Libraries. We call this service Document Delivery.

Document Delivery is often used by distance students or if you do not need the article immediately. Document Delivery requests are

  • filled in 5-7 days
  • limited to 50 pages for articles and book chapters; 30 pages from microforms

Example: requesting the article Another Look at "Students' Right to Their Own Language"

Interlibrary Loan article request form

  1.  In Search It, the information in the Check for physical copy box indicates that we have the volume/issue of the journal that contains the article. Search It featuring an articles citation compared to library holdings for the journal title

    How can you tell? The article record indicates it was published in 1977 in Vol. 57. The Holdings information says we have v.49 (1969) through v.72 (1992/1993). Those years include 1977.

  2. Note that we are missing v.48 (1968), which you can tell because we have v.47 (1967) listed by itself, then pick up with the v.49-v.72 run.

  3. Click the Not Available? Request from Interlibrary Loan link above the Location information

    Search It link to Interlibrary Loan in Check for Physical Holdings tab

  4. A new screen will open and you will be prompted to login to your Interlibrary Loan account with your K-State eID and password.
  5. Once logged in, you will see a partially completed request form. Use the information from Search It (or the original database) to complete any empty required fields (indicated by a red asterisk *.)
  6. Click the Submit Request button.

You will be notified by email when your request is available and you can download it from your Interlibrary Loan account.

Chicago Manual of Style

The Chicago Manual of Style is the guide to writing conventions, citations, footnotes, endnotes, and bibliographies in history.