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Fun Stuff at the Library: Fiction and Beyond

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.



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

     - memoir

     - biography

     - autobiography

     - 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