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Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Literature Resources: Find books

This guide presents library resources for the study of literature.

Search tips

To find books in the CUNY+ catalog, you can use keywords relating to your topic (the work's title, the author, name of a character) and combine them using "and" e.g. “Shakespeare and justice."

To find books of literary criticism on a work or author, start by entering your work’s title (or author's name) and then add the word criticism e.g  "Ramayana and criticism." 

If you find a relevant book title, make note of the "Subjects" associated with it. Subjects will be listed in the catalog record for the book. Here are just a few subject headings that you can use in a "subject" search using the CUNY+ Catalog:


Literature -- History and criticism

Literature, Ancient -- History and criticism

Literature and history

Law and literature

Literature and society


Find books

Use the CUNY+ catalog to find print, online books and other materials in John Jay's Lloyd Sealy Library. You can also search for items at other CUNY libraries. 

Use the search box below for a quick keyword search, or click on the "Search CUNY+" link for more search options such as author and title searches. For sample search terms, please refer to the box on the left.


Search CUNY+

Browse the shelves

Browse the shelves

You can also visit the library and browse the stacks area in the following call number sections:

PR1-9680         English literature
PR1-56               Literary history and criticism
PR57-78           Criticism
PR111-116        Women authors
PR 161-488      By period
PS1-3576      American literature
PS126-138         Biography, memoirs, letters, etc.
PS147-152         Women authors
PS185-231         By period