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Fun Stuff at the Library: Fiction and Beyond: Non-Fiction

Tips, techniques & links to help you find answers for your research papers & projects

Note for all Non-Fiction...

Most non-fiction is organized based on what it is discussing, not by its form.

If you have a particular topic in mind, use MERLIN to search by author, title, or keyword, or ask a librarian.

If not, see the boxes on the right for some call numbers and sections for you to browse. 

*All call numbers listed on this page are located in Ellis Library.


The database Press Display features current newspapers from around the world.

You can also find current local newpapers on the west side of the Colonnade on the first floor of Ellis Library.

The Journalism Library has many current national and international newspapers.

If you are a student, you can also get the USA Today, New York Times, The Missourian, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from the newspaper bins at located on the groundfloor entryway by the Bookmark Cafe.


To browse in MERLIN, use a keyword search with terms like 




     -keywords for subjects you are interested in.

Memoirs and biographies are found all over the library, but to start, you can try PN 451-PN 497, in 3 CENTRAL, and in PS 126- PS 138, in 2 EAST.

Essay Collections

Essays are often labelled by what they discuss, not the fact that they are essays. However, a few call numbers are specifically reserved for essays:

American Essays: PS420-PS429 and PS680-PS689

English Essays: PR921-PR928 and PR1361-PR1369

These can both be found in 2 EAST.


Looking for a good non-fiction book to read but don't know where to start? These websites may help.


Books about humor and satire can be found between the call numbers of

     -PN6146- PN6231 in 3 CENTRAL

     -PR931- PR938 (American humor) in 2 EAST

     -PS430- PS439 (English humour) in 2 EAST