Geography and Geospatial Sciences

This guide connects researchers to geography and geospatial sciences resources.

Library Research Guide


Search It helps you discover and obtain library resources. It enables simultaneous searching of information about K-State Libraries' physical and online collections, and about articles and other sources from hundreds of databases, journal publishers, and organizations. It is an invaluable research tool for novices and experts alike. This guide will teach you how to use Search It to find resources.

To take full advantage of Search It, you will need to login. See the My Account section of this guide for more information.

If you have any questions about Search It or about this guide, do not hesitate to Ask a Librarian.

Searching by Author in Search It

To find materials written by a specific person, follow these steps:

  1. Access the advanced search screen
  2. Change the top-left drop-down menu to "as author/creator"
  3. Enter the last name of the person and click search. 

Screenshot of advanced search in Search It for branscombe as author

  1. Put a check mark in the include column for each potential variant of the person's name. Then click continue.

Screen shot of Search It's list of creators with the name branscombe

Examining the Topics Covered By a List of Results

After you perform a search in Search It, you can click "more options" under the Topics category to see a list of topics covered by the set of results you found. This can be a useful way to get a broad picture of what an author has researched.

For example, using the results obtained from clicking the continue in the search box above, you can obtain the following list of topics:

Screen shot of the list of topics in the results of a search for branscombe, n

Searching By Topic

To find articles, books, and other resources about a topic of interest, follow these steps:

  1. Access Search It's advanced search screen
  2. Use one row for each main concept in your topic.
    1. In each row enter synonyms or words that are related to the concept. Link these with OR
    2. Use a asterisk to stem a term so that you will find words with variant endings. For example, stereotyp* will find any word beginning with "stereotyp". This includes stereotype, stereotypes, stereotypical, stereotyping.

For example, if your topic is cognitive influences on stereotyping of women, you would dedicate one row to the concept cognitive, one to the concept stereotyping, and one to the concept women. After thinking of closely related terms and adding asterisks, you might come up with:

An example of topic searching

  1. Click search. Examine the first page or two of results and note any terms that are also related to any of the concepts.
  2. Examine the list of topics pulled up in the results set by clicking "more options" under the topics heading. Note any terms that are also related to any of the concepts
  3. Revise the search by adding the terms you have noted. Use OR to link these to the previous set of terms you used.

Accessing Online Resources

When a resource is available online through Search It, below the title of the resource there will be a green dot and the words "Available Online." To access the resource, click the "View It" tab. 

An example of a book record in Search It.

When you click the View It tab, one of the following will happen:

  • You may be asked to login with your eID and password to access the resource
  • The resource may load in the tab
  • The resource may load in a new window
  • A menu of options for accessing the resource may appear

Accessing Physical Versions of Articles or Book Chapters

If Search It does not show online full text for an article or for a book chapter, below the title there will be a yellow or gray dot with the words "Not Available Online." To discover if K-State Libraries has a physical version of the article or book chapter, click the "Check for physical copy" tab.

page section to check for physical copies

If K-State Libraries' owns any volumes of the journal in which the article was published, the "Check for physical copy" tab will show a list of the volumes and indicate where they are located. Notice that it also displays the "Request from Interlibrary Loan" link. Use that link if the volume you need is not listed on the tab. See the Interlibrary Loan tab in this guide to learn more about that service.