UHP 189 -- Visual World

This class guide supports research for Beach Museum topics and UHP 189 focusing on the Visual World.

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 WorldCat indicates that we have a title at K-State, you can retrieve the call number from Search It
    • open Search It and choose the Advanced Search option (on the right)
    • select the K-State Libraries Only option
    • change "Any field" to "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 the WorldCat advanced search options

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 search result in WorldCat

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

Search it

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

Search It Tips

Using Search It Advanced:

  • K-State Libraries Only: Selecting this tab limits your search to what we have available locally.
  • Use AND to limit your search: Try entering 2 or 3 search terms (ex. "Pablo Picasso" AND biography).
  • When you find a relevant title, use the information under Details to help you find different, perhaps more accurate search terms.
  • Search for an artist as an author to view a list of titles with that artist as the primary subject. 
  • Subjects (or, subject headings) are simple tags used to categorize materials by the main topics of each title. 

Sample list of subject headings:

  • Art, American — 20th century
  • Curry, John Steuart, 1897—1946
  • Curry, John Steuart, 1897—1946 — Bibliography
  • Curry, John Steuart, 1897—1946 — Criticism and interpretation
  • Curry, John Steuart, 1897—1946 — Exhibitions
  • Curry, John Steuart, 1897—1946 — Juvenile literature
  • Regionalism in art — United States
  • Social realism

When you have your call numbers ready, use the Hale Library Building Guide to locate the item on the shelf.