Library Research Guide
Trying to understand the basic facts and context of your historical event or person?
Look for books, like encyclopedias, or journal articles written for students or a researcher exploring new content and needing an overview of the existing scholarship. These works discuss themes, changes in commonly held beliefs, and seminal (commonly referenced) works.
Locate books, such as encyclopedias, that provide an over of historical events or people, in Search It in a couple of ways:
1. Locate titles by searching for:
2. Search for your topic and one of the terms: encyclopedia, companion, handbook . You may need to broaden your topic to a time period or concept, like: genocide instead of the Holocaust or Rwanda.
Below are a sample of titles relevant to World History.
Once you understand your historical event or person, search for scholarly journal articles for more details or to focus on a more specific event or person. You will need to try several searches with different search terms.
Rwanda AND genocide AND women
Rwanda AND Tutsi AND 1994
Book reviews help gauge how other historians receive a new book. Typically, a book review will highlight the contributions to existing scholarship and identify any "bad history."
If your search results are filled with a lot of articles with the same title, you may be seeing book reviews instead of research-based articles.
You can remove book reviews in most databases by limiting your search results to Articles or Academic Articles (the exact terms will vary in different databases.)
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.)
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.
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.
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.