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English Literature & Criticism

About This Page

The Claire T. Carney Library has an excellent collection of literature and literature criticism on the 3rd floor.

You're welcome (and encouraged) to browse the books in person, but you also can plan ahead and see what our library and other libraries have from wherever you are. This page will help you with both approaches to finding books.

If there's a book you're interested in that we don't have, see the Interlibrary Loan tab for information on how to get it!

Reading Call Numbers

Here's a quick guide on how to read call numbers in our library (and most other academic libraries).

 

An image of a call number on a side of a book. An arrow points to the first line.

The first line is read in alphabetical order.

  • ex. This would be before the PQ's but after the PM's.

 

An image of a call number on a side of a book. An arrow points to the second line.

Read the second line in numerical order.

  • ex. This would be after PN 6746 and before PN 6747.1 or PN 6748.

 

An image of a call number on a side of a book. An arrow points to the third line.

The third line is tricky. Read the letter in alphabetical order then the number as a decimal.

  • ex. PN 6747 .S245 would come before PN 6747 .S5, because .5 in decimal is really .500!

 

An image of a call number on a side of a book. An arrow points to the fourth line.

Sometimes the fourth line will look like this and you read it exactly like the other line.

  • ex. PN 6747 .S245 P4713 would come before PN 6747 .S245 P8, because .8 in decimal is really .800!

 

An image of a call number on a side of a book. An arrow points to the fifth line.

When you see a line near the bottom that looks like a year, it is a year! This goes in numerical order.

  • ex. If there was a book just like this except the date was 2003, it would go before the 2007 edition.

 

You could think of a call number like a detailed address in reverse: planet, country, state, city, street, street number. Each line helps you narrow down the book's exact location!

Finding Books in Our Library

Use the search box below to run a quick search for books, or use the advanced search page to limit your material type to books prior to searching. 

 

Finding Books We Don't Have

Browsing the Stacks for Literature & Criticism

A lithograph print by Louise Bourgeois of a person sitting at a table reading. There's a window in the background as well as a hallway and doors.
Louise Bourgeois, Man Reading, 1940-1944, lithograph, 11 5/8 x 16 1/16", Museum of Modern Art, New York,
https://www.moma.org/collection/works/62270?locale=en.

 

Our library uses the Library of Congress Call Number Classification System to organize our books. If you know a little bit about what the call numbers stand for, you can browse the stacks more efficiently. 

Here are some relevant call numbers for Literature and what they mean.

 

3rd Floor:

PN - Literature (General)

PN 59-72 - Study and teaching

PN 80-99 - Criticism

PN 441-1009.5 - Literary history

PN 1010-1525 - Poetry

PN 1600-3307 - Drama

PN 6010-6790 - Collections of general literature

PN 6700-6790 - Comic books, strips, etc.

PR - English literature

PR 1-56 - Literary history and criticism

PR 57-78 - Criticism

PR 500-614 - Poetry

PR 621-744 - Drama

PR 750-890 - Prose

PR 951-981 - Folk literature

PR 1098-1369 - Collections of English literature

PS - American literature

PS 301-326 - Poetry

PS 330-353 - Drama

PS 360-380 - Prose

PS 501-689 - Collections of American literature

PS 700-3576 - Individual authors

 Click here to see a more thorough explanation of the Literature call numbers (including literature from different countries!).