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
- Searches from this box are only 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: https://www.lib.k-state.edu/
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
- Research Guides
- 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.
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.
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