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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.)

Searching for Items on a Topic in Search It

 Use Search It's Advanced Search for more control over your search.

The link to the Advanced Search appears next to the Search Box once you have entered Search It. It is not available from the Libraries' home page. (Pro-tip - click on the magnifying glass icon in the Search It box on the home page to open Search It without entering any search terms.)

Screen shot showing link to Advanced Search next to the Search It search box.


1. Enter keywords in Search It's search box.

2. Click K-State Libraries only option to search for items owned by K-State Libraries.

Search It screen displaying keyword search in KState Libraries only

3. Item record shows if an item is available and where it is shelved. If not available, either because checked out or due to the Hale fire, you may request a copy through Interlibrary Loan.

Screen shot of the information page for a book in Search It

4. Virtual Browse at the bottom of the record shows items shelved nearby the item you found. They have similar call numbers, so will usually be about a similar topic.

Screenshot demonstrating Virtual Browse feature in Search It

Searching for a Specific Title in Search It

Use Search It to search for specific titles in K-State Libraries.

Enter the title in the Search It search box.

search form field in center of home page

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