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English 222.01: American Short Fiction: Home

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 an 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.

Some useful subject headings are:

 
If you discover a book, chapter, or essay by using the MLA Bibliography, search the catalog for the title of the book to see if we own it.

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