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World Literature: Books and E-books

Guide to resources and research help related to World Literature.

Books and E-books

Search by Keyword

The library catalog's default search setting is set to keyword.

Begin by identifying the key words in the question or the subject you wish to find materials for. Here is an example:

Research question:

I am looking for books about Russian folk tales.

Begin by identifying important words in the question.

For example:

Russian AND folk tales

Go to the library catalog to perform the keyword search. Remember to think about different terms (synonyms) which may prove to be more effective during the search process. Folk tales, for instance may be changed to, or searched in conjunction with related keywords such as folklore, myths, or legends..

You will probably also want to focus on a specific work or works (a poem, book, or play, for example) or on the works of a specific author or authors once you have done some more background research. Once you have found a work or an author to focus on, you can also search for literary criticism related specifically to those authors or works.

Author search:

Mishima, Yukio

Using the author as a keyword search will find books both by and about Yukio Mishima, for example.

Work search:

Hedda Gabler

Using the title as a keyword search will find both that book or work, as well as books containing criticism of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, for example.

Search by Call Number

If you know the call number of the book you are looking for, you can use it to find similar materials. Searching by call number allows you to go directly to a book's bibliographic record, while gaining the ability to search the shelves virtually from the comfort of your own desk or home.

Every item in the library has been assigned a call number. These numbers tell us the subject area of the material, the location of the item in the library, and the physical order of the books on the shelf. It is these numbers that allow you to see all of the titles of the books located next to the searched item on the shelf.

Give it a try!

Go to the library catalogue and search by the call number PT2621.A26 A258

As you can see, this call number is associated with the novel The Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka.

Browse by Call Number

To find books and other materials about World Literature, you may want to browse these subject areas in the Library stacks.

World Literature Call Numbers


3050-4505 Greek literature
5000-5660 Byzantine and modern Greek literature
6000-6971 Roman literature
8001-8595 Medieval and modern Latin literature


1001-3029 Celtic languages and literature


500-585 Slavic literature (General)
2900-3698 Russian literature


1481-1989 Egyptian Literature. Inscriptions
3001-3097 Semitic philology and literature
3601-3971 Akkadian Literature. Inscriptions
5001-5060 Hebrew Literature
5601-5695 Syriac Literature
7501-8517 Arabic Literature


1931-2212 Hindi, Urdu, Hindustani languages and literatures
2901-5471 Indo-Aryan literature
6001-6996 Iranian philology and literature
8501-8832 Armenian literature


501–889 Japanese language and literature
901–998 Korean language and literature
1001–3208 Chinese language and literature
3512 Malaysian literature
3515 Singaporean literature
8000–8844 African languages and literature


1-6790 Literature (General)


1-3999 French literature
4001-5999 Italian literature
6001-8929 Spanish literature
9000-9999 Portuguese literature


1-9680 English literature


1-3576 American literature
8001-8599 Canadian literature


1-4897 German literature
5001-5980 Dutch literature
6000-6466.36     Flemish literature since 1830
6500-6592.36 Afrikaans literature
7001-7099 Scandinavian literature
7101-7338 Old Norse literature: Old Icelandic and Old Norwegian
7351-7550 Modern Icelandic literature
7581-7599 Faroese literature
7601-8260 Danish literature
8301-9155 Norwegian literature
9201-9999 Swedish literature

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