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The Quest for Fiction

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[The following blog post was written by Kristin E. Cangialosi, a graduate student in the Department of Library & Information Studies.]

Image Source: SteacieLibrary by Raysonho, via Wikimedia Commons

Image Source: SteacieLibrary by Raysonho, via Wikimedia Commons

When the mood strikes to curl up with a novel, you head over to your local library and straight to the fiction section. There you can browse the shelves, pull down a book, skim the inside flap, and see if it catches your interest. But where are the fiction sections in the UB Libraries?

There isn’t one dedicated section to browse, but we do have fiction in the collections. The books in a university library are arranged using a different system than most public libraries. At UB, books are arranged using the Library of Congress Classification system in which they are organized by subject. In this system, all literature is found in the P section. But there are many non-fiction works also arranged in the P section including literary criticism, books about authors, and literature in many different languages. At Lockwood Library, books arranged by P take up most of the 5th floor!

But, there are several ways that you can find the novel that you are looking for.

Conduct an Advanced Search in the catalog:

  1. Go to the Catalog Advanced Search page and type in terms that interest you, such as science fiction dystopia or Swedish murder mystery.
  2. Scroll down the page to the “Format” options and select “Fiction”.
  3. Next, under the “Illustrated” drop-down, select “No Preference” to ensure that you can see all the works of fiction with your search terms in the results.
  4. Click the “Advanced Search” button to run your search.
  5. Once on the results page, you can use the limits along the left-hand side to further narrow down your choices.

Other options for locating fiction:

Explore the different ways you can find fiction at UB, and get lost in a story on a snowy day this winter.

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