Search It

Learn about our research tool: Search It

Library Research Guide


There are three search interfaces available for Search It, including the keyword search, the simple search, and the advanced search. While each searches the same content, each shows a different level of detail for your search. See the boxes below for more information on each of these interfaces.

The Search It Box on K-State Libraries' Home Page

Search box and drop downs of options


  • Searches from this box are by default keyword searches (no distinction between author, title, etc.).
  • Search It simultaneously searches K-State Libraries' physical holdings and most of its online collections, including millions of articles and electronic books
  • To access this interface, navigate to K-State Libraries' home page: 

The Simple Search Interface in Search It


  • A dropdown menu allows you to control the extent of collections covered by your search.
    • Books, articles + more
    • K-State Libraries only
    • Course Reserves
    • Special Collections/University Archives
  • Drop-down menus below the search box provide additional control over your search.
  • To find this interface, perform a search using the Search It box on the Libraries' home page. This interface will be shown at the top of the results screen.

Sample of a simple search with the dropdown menu options.

The Advanced Search Interface in Search It


  • Four facets in a dropdown menu next to the search box control the extent of collections covered by your search.
  • Use Boolean Operators to help narrow your search results.
    • NOT = exclude an unrelated term  (Ex. "nigel coates" NOT "book review")
    • OR = great for synonyms  (Ex. "universal design" OR "inclusive design")
    • AND = both concepts must be present, helps limit the search (Ex. stormwater AND management)
  • The fields to the right can be used to further narrow the search results.
  • More research needs?  Request an appointment.

A sample search in the advanced search interface.