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English: Finding Books

A guide to help you find library resources for English literature and writing

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Finding Books and Other Library Holdings

If you want to find out what books, videos, and materials are in the library, use the Library Catalog. It has a Location feature to look for materials held in specific collections (like the Music Library or Course Reserves).

If you want to find additional books not held in our collection and order them for free, try searching WorldCat or any Other Library Catalogs and then tell us to place an Inter-Library Loan.

You'll probably need to use the Modern Languages Association (MLA) style guide when writing papers. The library has a copy on reserve:
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
- Reserve LB2369.M53,
or else you can check the BU Writing Centre online summary of MLA Style. Another great resource with examples and sample papers in various citation styles is this site.


Searching the Library Catalog:

Use the Library Catalog to enter and search words related to your topic.

Or change the Field to Search to Subject. Then enter your search terms (some examples below) and click Go:

  • canadian fiction 20th century
  • creative writing
  • english fiction 19th century history and criticism
  • english poetry 19th century history and criticism
  • chaucer, geoffrey d. 1400 history and criticism
  • greek drama history and criticism
  • milton, john criticism and interpretation
  • motion picture authorship
  • motion pictures canada
  • novelists british 19th century
  • novelists british 20th century
  • popular music writing and publishing
  • postmodern literature

You can also combine these terms with other words to narrow your search. A more specific search brings fewer results, but these are usually more relevant.

Interlibrary Loans



Interlibrary loans (ILL) provides access to journal articles, books and other itemsunavailable through the library. The service is available to all students, staff and faculty, is usually free and can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the library supplying us.

ILLs can be submitted to us via various Databases, as well as via our Online Forms (for information on how this is done see our ILL Flash Tutorial.). In either case, you will need to use your Brandon University ILL account to do so.

For more information, see the Interlibrary Loan page.