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Finding Books

The UBC Library catalogue is a good place to start looking for books on your topic. To enhance and improve your search results, use truncation (?) in your keyword searches and try searching the subject headings assigned to books on your topic. Before you begin searching, consider your topic and write down the key concepts. What are the keywords that describe your subject? Think of related words, synonyms, and different spellings.

Browsing Subjects and Call Numbers

Browse the results list of your keyword search and look at the full records to see the subject headings assigned for relevant titles. Note that the results are sorted by relevance. You can change the results to sort by date, author, or title. Click on the subject headings to find more books on your topic.  

For example, for the topic: Feminist novels in the early 20th century some of the assigned subjects headings include:

  • Feminism and literature--History--20th century.
  • Feminist fiction--History and criticism.
  • Women and literature--History--20th century.
  • Feminist fiction, American--History and criticism
  • Feminist fiction, English--History and criticism.
  • Feminism and literature--United States--History--20th century.
  • Women and literature--United States--History--20th century.
  • Women's rights and literature
  • American fiction--Women authors--History and criticism.
  • Suffragists in literature
  • Women in literature
  • Feminism in literature.
  • English fiction--20th century--History and criticism.

 After you find a relevant book on your topic, you can also browse the catalogue by the Library of Congress call numbers to find more titles.

New Books in English Literature

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