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Literature: Library Materials

Guide to Literature resources

Call No. of Literature Materials

In Library collection, most materials on literature are shelved in these ranges of Library of Congress call numbers:

Literature Materials Call No.
Literary History & Collections  PN1-PN6790
American literature  PS1-PS3576
Chinese literature PL2250-PL3208
English literature  PR1-PR9680
French literature  PQ1-PQ3999
German literature  PT1-PT4892
Greek literature  PA3050-PA4499
Italian literature  PQ4001-PQ5999
Japanese literature  PL700-PL889
Russian literature  PG2900-PG3698
Spanish literature PQ6001-PQ8929


Subject Headings

In the Library Online Catalog, do subject searches on the following subject headings:

  • Criticism
  • Drama
  • Fiction
  • Literature
  • Literature, Comparative
  • Literature -- History and criticism
  • Literary form
  • Literature, Medieval
  • Literature, Modern
  • Mythology
  • Poetry
  • Style, Literary
  • Literary movements, e.g., Modernism (Literature)
  • Postmodernism (Literature)
  • Romanticism

More tips:

To search for works of criticism of individual authors, type their name under author search, e.g.,
Scroll down to find criticism on individual works of a particular author, e.g.,
Many of the subject headings above can be subdivided under names of countries and by time, e.g.,
Check the Related Subjects of the subject headings.

Reference Librarian

Other Useful Subject/Research Guide

Research on Chinese Literature, please view the suggested subject headings for literature on China Studies > Literature which has valuable information such as reference tools, related subjects and criticisms of this subject.


Search HKALL (a union catalog of eight univeristy libraries in HK) to locate additional books.  Clikc on Request this title link and complete the form for @ interested one.  They will be delivered to the HKUST Library's Circulation Counter (G/F) for you to pick up.


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