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ENG 231 Global Literature I: Find Books

Library methods and sources to use for the ENG 231 research assignment

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Reading Call Numbers

Read the first line in alphabetical order:
A, B, BF, C, D... L, LA, LB, LC, M, ML...

Read the second line as a whole number:
1, 2, 3, 45, 100, 101, 1000, 2000, 2430...

The third line is a combination of a letter and numbers. Read the letter alphabetically. Read the number as a decimal, e.g.:
.F64 = .64, .C724 = .724

Note: Some call numbers have more than one combination letter-number line.

The last line is the year the book was published. Read in chronological order:
1843, 1972, 2010…

Book title: Walt Whitman

Author: Harold Bloom

In the catalog: PS3283 .W365 1985

Browsing for Books

The following sections are good for browsing for books on English & American literature. Reference Books are on the 1st floor and the Circulation Collection (books you can check out) are on the 2nd floor.  

PE - English Language: Includes dictionaries, thesauri, and grammars

PN - Literature (General): Includes works on authorship, literary history, genres, and collections of literature

PR - English Literature: Includes British and Anglophone world literatures

PS - American Literature: Includes American and Canadian literatures

Sample Subject Headings

Author as Subject

Last name, First name

Whitman, Walt. 1819 - 1892 

National/Regional Literature

Literature + Nationality / Region 

Poets, American 

Literary Themes

Theme + in literature

Nature in literature

Literature + theme

Literature - psychology

Theme + and literature
Whitman, Walt. - 1819 -1892 - Political and social views

Literary Genre

Nationality + genre

American poets 


Period History

Nation + history + time period

United States -- History -- 19th century