ID 245 - Interior Design Studio 2

This class guide supports research for the Spring 2020 session of ID245.

Library Research Guide

Find Books and Book Chapters

WorldCat Database

Search for books at K-State Libraries and those at other libraries simultaneously. WorldCat can help you to determine if your topic is mentioned within a book. Many records include the table of contents.

We highly recommend the WorldCat Advanced Search option (see image below).

  • If we have the title at K-State, you can retrieve the call number from Search It:
    • open Search It Advanced
    • select the K-State Libraries Only tab
    • change Any to in the title
    • type in the title of the book
    • beside Material type select Books
    • and click on Search
  • If we do not have the title at K-State, use the Get It button and select Not Available? Request from Interlibrary Loan to place an Interlibrary Loan request.

image of WorldCat database advanced search

If K-State Libraries owns a copy of a book, this will be indicated in WorldCat with a "K-State Libraries" icon below the title: 

image of a WorldCat database search result 

Use Search It to get the call number and location in our libraries:

image of the Search It advanced search

The call number will be displayed next to the library location:

image of a Search It result

Search It Tips

Using Search It Advanced:

  • K-State Libraries Only: Selecting this tab limits your search to what we have available locally.
  • Use quotation marks when searching for names or phrases.
  • Use AND to limit your search: Try entering 2 or 3 search terms (ex. "Steven Holl" AND biography).
  • When you find a relevant title, use the information under Details to help you find different, perhaps more accurate search terms.
  • As author/creator: Search for a designer by last name for a list of titles with that designer as the primary subject. 
  • In subject: subjects (or, subject headings) are simple tags used to categorize materials. Search for a designer, a particular brand, company or house of design. This will generate a list of subject headings that relate specifically to that topic. This also works with movements in design (ex. Art Nouveau, Bauhaus, Minimalism, or Modernism).

Sample list of subject headings:

  • Chapel of St. Ignatius (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Holl, Steven, 1947—
  • Seattle (Wash.) — Buildings, structures, etc
  • Seattle (Wash.) — Saint Ignatius Chapel
  • St. Ignatius Chapel (Seattle, Wash.)