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Find Books in Bailey/Howe Library

These call number ranges hold a variety of books on American and English literature, and the study of literature. For a more detailed breakdown of the Library of Congress (LC) "P" classification, go to the LC Classification Outline for Language and Literature.

PN 1-6790 : Literature-general (including Drama); Criticism PR : British literature PS : American [U.S. & Canada] literature
Z 2010-2014 : English literature - bibliography Z 1225 : American literature - bibliography  

Books that may be checked out of the Library are on the 3rd floor (Call #s PA-PS and Z 1225-2014).
Reference Books (main/1st floor):  ROWS 9-11 (PA-PS) : Languages and Literatures  /  ROW 13-14 ( Z 1225-2014) : Literature (English and American) bibliography

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Find Books by Subject and Keywords

Use Library of Congress Subject Headings* in the  Library Catalog to locate books on your topic. Click image below (live link!) to be brought to the Browse search function in CATQuest. Remember to select "By subject" in the pull-down menu.

Some examples of Library of Congress subject headings on literary topics:

american literature history and criticism english literature history and criticism
english literature women authors history and criticism   american literature women authors history and criticism 
feminism and literature feminist criticism
postcolonialism in literature caribbean literature
american literature african american writers history and criticism harlem renaissance
english poetry 20th century history and criticism american poetry 20th century history and criticism
politics and literature
[look for subheadings...great britain,
united states, england, etc.]
individual author
[e.g. walker alice]
literature and society united states history literature and society england [also, great britain] history
modernism literature postmodernism literature
creative writing english language rhetoric
science fiction history and criticism  also,
science fiction english history and criticism  also,
science fiction american history and criticism
fantasy fiction history and criticism    also,
fantasy fiction english history and criticism   also,
fantasy fiction american history and criticism
horror tales history and criticism   also,
horror tales american history and criticism  also,
horror tales english [various subheadings]
gothic revival literature history and criticism   also,
gothic fiction literary genre english history and criticism also,
gothic fiction literary genre american history and criticism
dystopias in literature
dystopian fiction [these are the actual literary works]
dystopias fiction [these are the actual literary works]
utopias in literature
utopian fiction [these are the actual literary works]
utopias fiction [these are the actual literary works]

Find Literary Criticism for a Writer's Works

In CATQuest Advanced Search type the name of the writer in the top box. In the middle box type  criticism interpretation.  Limit search terms to Subject field. Limit entire search to "Library Catalog."