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East Central: Guide to Library Resources for English Students: Find Books

Subject Headings

Most libraries assign Library of Congress Subject Headings to items in their catalogs. These can help you get good results when searching "By Subject."  Try using this screen in WorldCat to explore subject headings for your topic.  A few examples of subject headings:

  • Literature
  • Authors
  • American literature
  • English literature
  • Mexican literature
  • [topic] in literature, such as
    • Blasphemy in literature
    • Ideals (philosophy) in literature
  • Literature--History and criticism
  • Composition (Language arts)

Sample List of eBooks

In general, ebooks about literary topics may be found in NetLibrary and ebrary, both accessible from the Virtual Library under Search & Find Books (when not using this guide).

Search ebrary (You can also find and view ebrary ebooks by searching IvyCat.) A sampling of specific titles follows:

Search NetLibrary (You can also find and view NetLibrary ebooks by searching IvyCat.) A sampling of specific titles follows:

ACLS Humanities Ebooks:

Find Books in the Ivy Tech Libraries

IvyCat (online catalog for Ivy Tech libraries)--Use the link for more search options, or the quick search below:

  • Shafer Library (Muncie) carries a print collection of a variety of fiction books as well as a small collection of literature anthologies that you may find useful. (Ask staff what is available in Anderson and Marion.) Books addressing literature topics are shelved in the P section at each library.

eBooks available through your library (Many original works are available--too many to list, from Homer's Iliad and Odyssey to Kate Chopin--as well as literary criticism [what most of our sample links consist of; specific books from these collections will be linked in another box in left column].)

    Other Free eBooks (These are particularly good for Literature topics.)

Google Book Search


Find Books in Other Libraries

  • WorldCat--search joint catalog of libraries from around the world.
    • To see local holdings or make interlibrary loan requests (borrow from other libraries), choose your campus location for WorldCat:
    • For a quick search only, use the search box below:

Search for an item in libraries near you: >>

  • InterLibrary Loan
    Once you have a citation for a book from Worldcat or elsewhere you may request the book through the Libraries' interlibrary loan service. When using WorldCat, look for a link called: "Ivy Tech Anderson-Marion-Muncie: Click here to borrow this item from another library (Interlibrary Loan)" and fill out your request online. 
    • Find out more about this service from library staff, or see the Interlibrary loan section of our library site in Campus Connect: About My Library > Services > Interlibrary Loan to learn more about guidelines for this service. (We are not able to fill all requests; we cannot get textbooks, for example, and not more than 1-2 items at a time.)
    • If the book you want is owned by another Ivy Tech campus library (we can get them faster).  In this case, use this online form.

  • See links for the sites and catalogs of other area libraries in the right column.

Area Libraries

Direct links to the sites and catalogs of other libraries in our area (East Central Region)

Subject Guide