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Irish Writers: Books

How to Search for Books

Searching for Library Sources

Combined Author/Title option

  • quickest way to find an item if you know the author and title
  • use the Author or Title options only if you know the exact forms

Subject option

  • yields only items catalogued under prescribed subject headings (i.e., Library of Congress headings; see list of possible subject headings below). If you are not familiar with these, use:

Keyword Option (words from the title)

  • usually yields more hits as it searches author, subject headings, titles and series

Subject Keyword is also useful. 

Examples of subject headings:


For books about authors, literature, or history:

    • Joyce, James
      • Authors, Irish -- 20th century -- Biography
      • Joyce, James, 1882-1941 -- Criticism and interpretation
      • Irish literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism

Examples of keyword searches:

      • For works by James Joyce, do an Author  search on "James Joyce"
      • For works about James Joyce, do a Boolean search using "James Joyce" and one of the following: criticism, biography, bibliography, autobiography

Useful Call Numbers

    • Call numbers:  James Joyce has a single number: PR6019.