Search It

Learn about our research tool: Search It

Library Research Guide

FAQs - Logging In to Search It

Do I need to log into My Account to use Search It?

No, you may use Search It as a guest. However, if you log into My Account, you can add items to the My Favorites list or check your library account.  If you are off-campus and want to access electronic copies of books, articles and other material, Search It will prompt you for your eID and password to verify your affiliation with Kansas State University.

Why can't I access this article, e-book, journal article, etc. in Search It?

To be able to access resources from off-campus, you will need to be signed in using your eID. You can sign in by clicking on the "Sign In" link at the top right corner of the Search It page. If you are still having difficulty accessing a resource, Ask a Librarian for help.

FAQs - What is Search It?

What subjects does Search It cover?

Search It covers most subjects and is good for general research. If you are looking for specific resources for a subject, be sure to check out K-State Libraries' Research Guides for more specific resources based on subjects and classes.

Does Search It cover all library databases?

Search It is currently not able to search across all of the databases we subscribe to.  To access a particular database, please go to the Databases directory.

FAQs - Finding Items

Why can't I find a particular book in Search It?

You can try limiting your search results to books by clicking on "Resource Type: Books" under "Refine My Results" on the left hand side of the page. If you still can't find a particular book, contact us at Ask a Librarian.

Help! The library doesn't own an item I need. What do I do?

If the library doesn't own an item that you need, you can request an Interlibrary Loan.  For more information on interlibrary loan, visit our FAQ.

Saving Searches and Creating a RSS Feed

Saving Searches/Queries

  1. Sign in to your library account.
  2. Search for your topic or author.
  3. Save the query.
  4. option to save query
  5. A notification window will appear - make sure your preferred email is listed before saving.
  6. notification of saved query

Creating an RSS Feed

To receive alerts on new resources, you can create a RSS feed for a specific search. Select the "Saved Searches" in My Favorites, then click on the RSS icon next to the search query.

location of the RSS feed icon within My Favorites