Skip to main content

Comics & Graphic Novels

First, think about search terms...

  • Do you have a specific creator or title of a comic you're looking for?
    • Great! These are excellent search terms.
  • Do you just want to see a list of what comics we have?
    • If you search for the phrase "Comic books, strips, etc" you should see everything. This is an official subject heading that most comics are assigned.
  • Do you want to search for a comic with a certain topic?
    • You can try "comics and" whatever your topic is. I haven't had much luck with this - it's honestly a bit easier to find the existence of the comic elsewhere and then search our catalog. Worth a shot, though!

Then search our catalog!

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. 

 

Browse in person

Our library uses the Library of Congress Call Number Classification System to organize our books. Knowing the general call numbers for subjects that you're interested in will help you browse the stacks more efficiently.

Almost all of the comics and graphic novels and books about them are on the 3rd floor in the PN 6700s.

However, some are intermingled with the rest of the collection based on their subject. The best way to find those are through searching our catalog (see the other box). 

How to read 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!