Library Research Guide
Even though many of our physical books are not accessible at the moment, we do have access to ebooks. Your librarian can help you locate appropriate titles. Here are a couple of methods you can try yourself.
We know Google is just about everybody's go-to search tool. However if you are looking for ebooks, consider using Search It, the search box on the Libraries' home page. For example, you might like to search for encyclopedias, which are a good resource for a subject overview and usually offer high quality summaries.
Other common terms for books like encyclopedias include:
Search It will retrieve records for items including journal articles, print books, and ebooks. Limit your results using the filters on the left side of the results page. In particular:
In addition to the terms encyclopedia or companion, add words or phrases that describe the time period or historical event you are researching. For this class, those may include but are not limited to:
You may also search for terms that more specifically describe the event, people, or location that you are researching.
Below are examples of some ebooks that are encyclopedias and may be relevant to your research for this class.
We have tagged our database subscriptions that contain ebooks. You can find them all on our databases page by selecting the "eBooks" tag.
These options are limited to current K-State students, faculty, and staff and require signing in with a K-State eID and password.
Note: Project Muse will also include journal articles and may link to materials that are part of the database, but we don't subscribe to. For those titles, you can request a copy from Interlibrary Loan. OR, click the option to limit what you find to: Only content I have access to.
Learn more about ebooks from K-State Libraries.
1. Select the tab "Books, articles + more". Enter keywords related to topic in the Search It search box.
2. Search results will include books, journal articles, and more.
3. Click on "Peer-reviewed journals" to limit results to journal articles, specifically from journals with articles reviewed by other scholars prior to publishing.
4. If the full text of the article is available online, Search It will indicate that with a green dot. Click on View It to link to the full text.
5. Search It displays a grey button when the full text of an article is not online.
6. When an article is not available online or in print from the Libraries, request a copy using Interlibrary Loan.
K-State Libraries subscribes to over 300 databases on many subjects. You will find the most relevant information by searching in our history databases. Most of the articles and sources you find in these databases will be academic or scholarly sources written for students or faculty studying a topic. However, some of the databases do include articles written for readers who are not experts on a topic.
Try multiple searches in the databases. You can be as specific as a particular concentration/internment camp, like Drancy, or try broader searches, like Holocaust and France.