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How Do I Find Comic Books and Graphic Novels?  

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Subject Headings

The UChicago library system has over 2000 graphic novels in the collection.

When searching the catalog, the following terms are useful. 

In Lens, these are entered in the "Topic" field.

In the Catalog, use the "Subject" search box.

Subject Headings:

  • Graphic novels
  • Comic books, strips, etc.
  • Cartoonists
  • Graphic arts
  • Cartooning
  • Underground comic books, strips, etc.
  • Caricatures and Cartoons
  • Stories without words
  • Wit and humor, pictorial
  • Illustrated books

Shelf Browsing

Comics can be found by browsing on the shelves virtually or physically.

Lens offers a shelf browse function based on call numbers, which allows the examination of various materials.

The majority of comics are between PN6700-6790

US Comics are mostly between PN6725-6728

Some materials are in NC1300-1766

Many graphic novels are folio sized and are found in the folio section of the third floor.


Browsing Online

Both the Library Catalog and Lens provide an option to browse by call number online.  This browse option can be helpful for all of the books that may be available in our campus libraries for a specific call number.

Library Catalog
To browse by call number, select the "Begins With" search option, selecting "Call Number".  Enter as much of the LC call number that you know.  The Catalog will then allow you to browse records arranged by call number.

Select Advanced Search and at the top of the column on the left side, there is a search box for browsing call numbers.  Alternatively, after you locate a book in Lens, you can click on the "Browse the Shelf" link under the call number to virtually browse the shelves for items shelved near it.


What is a Graphic Novel?

A Guide to Graphic Novels by Jessica Abel

What is a Graphic Novel 1

What is a Graphic Novel 2

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