ENGL 310 - Introduction to Literary Studies

This guide provides information about literary resources to aid students enrolled in ENGL 310 locate relevant research materials

Library Research Guide

Books and Literary Criticism

This page provides guidance for searching for books about literary criticism.
Books can seem intimidating due to their length. However, you may find that you only need to read a chapter or two from a book. 

Search Tips:

  • Use Search It to find books owned by K-State Libraries.
  • Use the database WorldCat to find books owned by libraries around the world. If they are not rare, we can usually request a copy from another library for you through Interlibrary Loan
  • Use the database Ebook Central to find fulltext books online.
  • Use broad search terms like the author, title of the work, or genre.
    • Search It and WorldCat only search for keywords in fields like: Author, Title, Subject, Abstract and (sometimes) Table of Contents.
  • When you find a relevant book, use the Subject Headings to find more books like that one.
  • When you find a relevant book, look at the books shelved next to it—they should be on the same or similar topic. (See information below about Search It to do this online.)

Find Books

K-State Libraries provides access to print and e-books.

Find Books Using Search It

Use Search It, the search box on the Libraries' home page, to look for book by author, title, or keyword/topic. The default option is to search all of Search It. Use the drop down menu to only search Books & E-Books.

Screen shot showing books and ebook option in Search It

The search results page will show relevant titles. Each title will indicate whether the book is:

  • available online, including a link to access the ebook
  • located in K-State Libraries physical collection, including the location (e.g. Hale Library Stacks, Annex Offsite) and the call number -- the combination of letters and numbers following the location
  • both online and in the physical collection

As an example, the book The Comanche code talkers of World War II is available both in Hale Library Stacks and online.

Screen shot of book information in Search It

Find a Book Located in Hale Library Stacks

For books located in unique locations (Salina Library Stacks, Special Collections Library, Annex Offsite) the full record in Search It states where that location is, or if you need to follow a link to request the item.

Books located in Hale Library Stacks, with a few exceptions like those is Special Collections, show a Map It button on their record in Search It.   Map It icon

The Map It button opens a map of Hale Library, showing the floor and/or stack level where the book is located. The red pin on the indicates the book's rough location. Map It also provides written directions for the floor and stack level location (if needed), plus the item/call number.

As an example, the book The Comanche code talkers of World War II is located in Hale Library Stacks.

The Map It icon opens a map showing the 1st floor of Hale Library, and marks the book's general location in Stack Level A.

Map It for book Comanche code talkers of World War II

Both Map It and the book's record in Search It show the book's call number, which is a combination of letters and numbers (K-State, like many academic libraries, uses the Library of Congress call numbers). Write down or take a picture of the whole call number.

Signing in to Your Library Account

Signing in allows you to:

  • See check-out periods for K-State Libraries' physical items.
  • See a list of physical items you currently have checked out from K-State Libraries.
  • Renew items you have checked out from K-State Libraries.
  • Save results to "My Favorites"
  • Save search queries so you can re-run them at a later time.
  • Add tags and reviews.
  • Maximize the amount of content visible in your search results.

Click "Sign in" in the top right corner of the screen and enter your K-State eID and password.

Location of sign in option

Location of sign in option

Saving to Your e-Shelf in Search It

Save items to My Favorites by clicking on the pin next to an item. 

location of the pin to save a result to My Favorites

To access My Favorites, sign into Search It and click the pin in the top right corner. You can also use the dropdown menu and click on "Saved Items."

Location of My Favorites

Within My Favorites, you can organize, print, and e-mail any saved search results. You can also export them to citation management programs like RefWorks - check out our guide on Citations and Bibliographies.

To remove a pin, simply click the pin next to the item.

Remove a pin by clicking on the pin icon