Library Research Guide
The books are back!!!!!
Where can you find books in Hale? Use Search It to look up books in our collection.
Search It will tell you if we own a copy of the book.
Use this map of Hale to help find your way.
Some of our collections are in special locations; below are areas that may be of interest to those studying and researching English.
Some of our materials are housed in other locations or libraries at K-State. Depending on the location, you may pull the book from the shelf yourself, or use the links in Search It to request the item:
These materials are not yet available. We can try to borrow a copy for you from another library via Interlibrary Loan, but availability depends on the rarity of the book and whether the library that owns it will lend it.
Use Search It, the search box on the Libraries home page, to find books on your topics that can provide historical and cultural context—or just provide you with a new perspective.
Below you can see a screenshot of the Advanced Search screen in Search It. Advanced Search can be helpful because it offers you more control and specificity when you search.
There are a number of ways you can search for books, such as by title or author if you know it, but sometimes you need to search for a specific topic. For that, I recommend using Library of Congress Subject Headings.
How do you figure out a subject heading?
Subject headings tell you what a book is about using a classification system or abels - these labels are applied by cataloging librarians to books that are about the same subject. Finding a relevant subject heading can connect you to lots of materials on your topic.
One way to find subject headings is to start with a keyword search (the important terms or phrases you are using to describe your topic) and look at any book that seems relevant (whether or not you intend to read it). When you look at the full details for a book, you'll see the word Subjects followed by one or two (or more!) subject headings. Click on one, and you'll be taken to a list of additional resources with the same subject heading.