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English Literature & Literary Criticism: Finding Fiction

Recent Fiction

Wordle: Fiction

For the most recent contemporary American fiction (and other literary works):

Browse this call number range: PS 3600 - 3626 (21st century)

For other contemporary literature in English, browse this range: PR 6100 - 6126  (21st century).

Or begin a call number search in the catalog with ps3600  OR  pr6100.

Best Sellers

Best Sellers are found at the Circulation Desk.  There is a binder with the most recent titles that you can browse. Bring the call number to the desk and someone will retrieve it for you. 

Check out the latest Best Sellers from the New York Times.

Fiction in the Academic Library

Bookstores and most public libraries shelve fiction by genre and the last name of the author. If you wanted to find a Stephen King book, for example, you'd probably head for the Horror section, then stroll along to the Ks.

Academic libraries use a different system: Library of Congress Classification (LCC). Browsing under LCC requires a different approach. Books are shelved by subject with call numbers that begin with a letter or two and a string of numbers, and there's no special section just for fiction. Your hypothetical Stephen King book might have a call number of PS3561.I483 T66 1988—which, you might notice, doesn't even have a "K" in it!

Generally speaking, English-language fiction is found under the PR and PS sections. PR contains English (as in from England) fiction, and PS contains American fiction. Fiction originally written in other languages is shelved in a section for the original language, regardless of whether it's been translated. Books by Gabriel García Márquez, for instance, are shelved in the PQ section. The full breakdown can be found in this classification outline.

Within these broad categories, you'll find subsections for different forms of literature (such as poetry and drama) as well as for different time periods.  To further confuse you, comic books and graphic novels can be found in the PN6700s, though the rest of the PN section largely consists of works about literature.

Given the complexity of physically browsing the stacks for fiction, you'll find it much easier to do your "browsing" online in the catalog. And if you're looking for a particular author or title, the catalog should always be your first stop; otherwise, you'll just waste time trying to guess where the book you want is on the shelves.



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Browsing by Language

Search by original language by using theses phrase searches "[language] language material".  

Example search: "Russian language material". 

Arabic, Chinese, French, erman, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish are all supported languages.

Here's a quick breakdown of fiction written in languages

American fiction
     PS 700 - PS 3576

British fiction
     PR 2199 - PR 6126

Chinese fiction
     PL 2661 - PL 2979

French fiction
     PQ 1600 - PQ 2686

German fiction
     PT 1501 - PT 2728

Italian fiction
     PQ 4265 - PQ 4926

Japanese fiction
     PL 784 - PL 866

Russian fiction
     PG 3300 - PG 3493.96

Spanish fiction
     PQ 6271 - PQ 6726