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English Book Information

This guide will provide information about discovering books  in the area of English.


Discovering Books in English

Finding books using Library of Congress Subject Headings

There are two ways to discover books on Languages and Literature:

(1) Search the online book catalog

In our online catalog, keywords can be used to automatically search across titles, tables of contents, and Library of Congress subject headings.  The subject headings help you find books related to a particular topic.

When you find a good book, click on the book title.  This will take you to a detailed record which includes subject headings.  Click on any subject heading and the catalog will automatically find books related to that subject heading.

(2) Browse books on the shelf

Books are arranged on the shelves using the Library of Congress classification system.  The classification system groups together books related to a particular subject.

This enables books on a particular topic to be located side-by-side, so browse the shelves!

Classification for books on Language and Literature 

Class Subject Heading  
P    Philology Linguistics
PA   Greek language and literature  
  Latin language and literature  
PB Modern languages Celtic languages
PC Romance languages  
PD Germanic languages Scandinavian languages
PE English language  
PF West Germanic languages  
PG Slavic languages Baltic languages
  Albanian language  
PH Uralic languages Basque language
PJ Oriental languages and literatures  
PK Indo-Iranian languages and literatures  
PL Eastern Asia languages and literatures African languages and literatures
  Oceania languages and literatures  
PM Hyperborean languages Indian languages
  Artificial languages  
PN Literature (General)  
PQ French literature Italian literature
  Spanish literature Portuguese literature
PR English literature  
PS American literature  
PT German literature Dutch literature
  Afrikaans literature Danish literature
  Scandinavian literature Swedish literature
  Icelandic literature Old Icelandic literature
  Norwegian literature Old Norwegian literature
  Old Norse literature  
PZ   Fiction and juvenile belles lettres  
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