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Simpson Library | Special Collections

FSEM 100F1: Hardboiled: American Detective Fiction: Books

Subject headings

The books in the catalog are tagged with phrases called "subject headings" that describe what each book is about. To search the subject headings, go to the catalog's Keyword Search page and select “Subject” from the drop-down menu. Or, choose from the list below.

Crime in literature.
Detective and mystery stories.
Detectives in literature.

Following citations

Most of the sources you find will include lists of citations (a.k.a. bibliographies). Think of these citations as low-tech hyperlinks -- they point you to other sources on the same topic. Follow those links! When you look at all the sources as a whole, they form an interlinked network of information. Your job is to explore that network and see what else is out there.

If you've found a good book or article, and you'd like to find newer sources that cite that particular book or article, type the title into Google Scholar. Then, on the results page, click "Cited by."

Finding books

Use the library catalog to find books. When you find a book in the catalog, click "Items" to see where it is in the building, and whether it's checked out. Write down two things, the location and the call number.

  • The location tells you which section of the library the book is in.
    • "Reference" means that the book is in the reference section (i.e. you can't check it out).
    • The "Stacks" are the shelves on the second and third floors.
    • "Stafford" means that the book is at the Stafford Campus Library.
  • The call number tells you exactly where the book is. For example, to find a book with the call number PS 1305 .A2, you would go to the PS section (in alphabetical order), then look inside the PS section for PS 1305 (in numerical order), then look inside the PS 1305 section for .A2.

Here's a map of Simpson Library, in PDF format.

Reference books

Subject Guide

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