Literature (Books & Media)

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Literature Books & Media

How to Find books, videos, and other materials in Steely Library.

  • These are suggestions only and do not reflect the full range of materials that may be useful to you.
  • If you need additional assistance, Ask Steely Library!

For locating specific items, including videos in the Media Collection, using the library's catalog, NKUIRE, is recommended. Keyword, Author, Title, and Subject are among the ways you can search.

For Non-Print Media (videos, DVDs, CDs, slides, etc.), Consider the "Media Searches" tab atop the NKUIRE search page.

WorldCat is the world's most comprehensive bibliography, with more than 49 million bibliographic records representing 400 languages. Covers information from 2100 B.C.E. to the present. Includes holdings information from libraries across the world. Now includes the Library of Congress Subject Headings as its thesaurus. If Steely Library does not own a title, it may be requested through SourceFinder.

Browsing for books in Steely's Reference and Circulating collections can be very useful


For Literature, the following call number areas are suggested:

  • P - Philology. Linguistics
  • PA - Greek language and Literature, Latin language and literature
  • PE - English Language
  • PJ - Oriental languages and literature
  • PK - Indo-Iranian languages and literature
  • PL - Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
  • PN - Literature (General)
  • PQ - French literature, Italian literature, Spanish literature, Portugese literature
  • PR - English literature
  • PS - American literature
  • PT - German literature, Dutch literature, Flemish literature since 1830, Afrikaans literature, Scandinavian literature, Old Norse literature, Old Icelandic and Old Norwegian, Modern Icelandic literature, Faroese literature, Danish literature, Norwegian literature, Swedish literature
  • PZ - Fiction and juvenile belles lettres

New English Titles in the Library's catalog, NKUIRE.

New Children's Literature Titles in the Library's catalog, NKUIRE.

New General Literature Titles in the Library's catalog, NKUIRE.

New Philology and Linguistics Titles in the Library's catalog, NKUIRE.



The Literature Research Guide is maintained by Robert Zai III. Suggestions and comments are welcome.

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