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How do I Find Literary Criticism?: Find Books

Search Tip!

Don't forget to browse!  Once you find a few titles in the library catalog, grab your list of call numbers and head to the stacks.  More than likely, you will find additional books in that call number area that will be useful to you.   

Search the Kraemer Library Catalog

Use the Kraemer Library Catalog to find books, ebooks, DVDs, streaming movies, CDs, and streaming music owned by the library. You cannot find articles in the catalog! Need articles for your assignment? Search in a database.

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Catalog Search for Criticism

When searching for criticism, it is important you search correctly!  Since you want to find books about an author, or an author's literary work, you need to search by SUBJECT

For example, I want to find criticism on Bobbie Ann Mason.  Under the Advanced Search in the Kraemer Library Catalog, my search would look like the following:

Picture of an advanced search in the Kraemer Library Catalog

Find a Book on the Shelves

To find a print book, first identify the correct section of the library by checking the location of the book. Most books are in the "Main Collection" which is on the 3rd floor.

Reading LC Call Numbers

Books sorted in correct order by call number. The book described in the text below has call number N66 .B634 1999

  • N - describes the subject area: read in alphabetical order
  • 66 -  describes the topic: read as a whole number
  • .B634 - describes the author's last name: read in alphabetical order, then the number as a decimal
  • 1999  - date of publication: read in chronological order

If you are unable to locate the book or the book is missing, ask for help at the Circulation Desk.