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ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE RESEARCH GUIDE: Books

Other Sources of Books

Interlibrary Loan

Can't find what you're looking for in the UR Library catalog? Use the box below to search in WorldCat. You can request it from another library by clicking the "Request Item" button.

Search for an item in libraries near you:
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Using the Library Catalog

The first place to check for books on your topic is the UR Library Catalog.  Here are some quick tips for effective catalog searches:

If you are looking for books by a writer, use the Author search (last name first).

If you want books about and author, use the Subject Heading Browse search (last name first).

Most books by and about an author are shelved together, so once you have a few call numbers, you can browse.

If you're looking for a particular short story or an essay, a Keyword search works best.  It may be in an anthology, far away from other books by or about its author.

Most works of literature written in English will be in these areas:

PE: English Language and Philology

PN: General Literature (including creative writing and general anthologies)

PR: British and Commonwealth Literature

PS: American Literature

PZ: Children's Literature