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Modern Languages

This guide provides resources for students and faculty conducting research in Modern Languages, including, but not limited to: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.

Library Research Guide

Your Library Accounts

Your K-State ID card is your library card.

Search It is home to your library account

  • See items you have checked out from K-State Libraries and their due dates
  • See holds you have placed
  • See fines or fees
  • Renew items

Your Interlibrary Loan account manages your requests for materials from other libraries

  • Request items
  • See articles and chapters you have requested that are available for downloading
  • See list of Interlibrary Loan items you have checked out and their due dates
  • Renew items, if permitted by the lending library
    • Check the label attached to your Interlibrary Loan items for information about renewals

Your K-State eID and password grant access to

Search It

Search It is the search box on the Libraries home page. It is a combination of a library catalog and starting point for finding journal articles and more.

Searching in Search It

Search It box on library home page

Once in Search It, either when viewing your search results list or by choosing the Advanced Search option next to the search bar, focus your search into four "collections":

  • K-State Libraries + articles and more (default - searches many of our databases plus books, videos, maps, journal titles, etc. owned by K-State Libraries)
  • K-State Libraries only (our collections - books, videos, maps, journal titles, etc. Similar to a library catalog )
  • Course Reserves (class materials such as textbooks and DVDs put on reserve by faculty)
  • Research Guides (guides created to help with a particular course or discipline)

Options for searching various collections

My Account in Search It

Your Library Account in Search It

Click Sign in at the top right corner of the screen and enter your K-State eID and password.

Location of sign in option


Signing in allows you to:

  • see loan periods for K-State Libraries' physical items.
  • see a list of physical items you currently have checked out from K-State Libraries.
  • renew items you have checked out from K-State Libraries.
  • save results to your e-Shelf.
  • save search queries so you can re-run them at a later time.
  • maximize the amount of content visible in your search results.

Textbooks & Reserves

Course reserves is when a professor or instructor places a textbook, DVD, or other course materials at a library help desk for students to check out. Items typically have a short check out period, like two hours, to ensure many students can access the materials.

To check what is available on Course Reserves:

In the Search It box in middle of our home page, enter:

  • the department/subject abbreviation for your class (like SPAN*),
  • the course code (SPAN 550),
  • professor/instructor's last name,
  • or the book/film title. 

Check the Course Reserves box and hit Enter.

Screenshot of course reserves search for span 550


If needed, Refine My Results by choosing options from Course Name, Course Code and Section, Course Instructors, Resource Type and/or Academic Department. These options appear on the left side of the screen.

Screenshot of refine my results options for reserves in Search It

If you don't see what you are looking for contact Library Help and we will double check for you.

*Not sure what the department/subject abbreviation is? It's usually the class code on the course schedule, which you can find by logging in to KSOL/Canvas. For example: FREN 721, HIST 586, MANGT 420.

Still not sure? Enter the full language (e.g. French or Latin) and look at the abbreviations under the Course Code and Section options on the left side of the screen.

Learn more about K-State Libraries' Textbook Affordability Program.

Interlibrary Loan Overview

In the course of your research, you will probably discover articles and books that are not immediately available to you either because K-State Libraries do not own them or because they are currently checked out. When this happens, chances are very good that you can still get these items by requesting them through Interlibrary Loan. Every K-State Student has an Interlibrary Loan account. The first time you login to that account with your eID and password you will be prompted to provide contact information to finish setting up the account.

Essential facts about our Interlibrary Loan Service:

  • K-State Libraries will pay for the cost of obtaining these items
  • Typical Delivery Times
    • 2-5 days for PDFs (articles, etc.)
    • 3-10 days for other material
  • PDFs are delivered to your Interlibrary Loan account
  • Other materials are delivered to Hale Library Help
  • You will receive an e-mail when your item is available
  • You cannot request textbooks through Interlibrary Loan

For assistance, contact Interlibrary Services at or (785) 532-7440

Document Delivery

Use Interlibrary Loan to request a PDF copy of an article or chapter even when the physical copy is available in K-State Libraries. We call this service Document Delivery.

Document Delivery is often used by distance students or if you do not need the article immediately. Document Delivery requests are

  • filled in 5-7 days
  • limited to 50 pages for articles and book chapters; 30 pages from microforms

Example: requesting the article Another Look at "Students' Right to Their Own Language"

1. In Search It, the information in the Check for physical copy box indicates that we have the volume/issue of the journal that contains the article.

Search It featuring an articles citation compared to library holdings for the journal title

How can you tell? The article record indicates it was published in 1977 in Vol. 57. The Holdings information says we have v.49 (1969) through v.72 (1992/1993). Those years include 1977.

Note that we are missing v.48 (1968), which you can tell because we have v.47 (1967) listed by itself, then pick up with the v.49-v.72 run.

2. Click the Not Available? Request from Interlibrary Loan link above the Location information

Search It link to Interlibrary Loan in Check for Physical Holdings tab

3. A new screen will open and you will be prompted to login to your Interlibrary Loan account with your K-State eID and password.

4. Once logged in, you will see a partially completed request form. Use the information from Search It (or the original database) to complete any empty required fields (indicated by a red asterisk *).

Interlibrar Loan article request form

5. Click the Submit Request button.

You will be notified by email when your request is available and you can download it from your Interlibrary Loan account.