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English Language & Literature *: Finding Books

This guide points researchers to a few key USC Libraries resources that might be helpful to start research projects in the area of literary studies.

Books in Other Libraries

If the book that you need is not owned by USC Libraries, or if it is checked out, please first submit an interlibray loan request at Interlibrary Loan (free service), and then recommend the book for purchase by clicking the Recommend-A-Book


Searching other libraries collections:

Los Angeles Public Library

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Books @ USC

To search for book locations in USC Libraries, please conduct AUTHOR, TITLE or SUBJECT, via USC Libraries portal page .  I recommend using Advanced Search to customize your search for quicker and more precise results.

Please note that Asa V. Call Law Library at USC has a separate catalog!

Most fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction books in English, as well as literary criticism and literary journals and periodicals can be found in the Doheny Memorial Library. In addition, the Leavey Library (open 24/7) has a small collection of books in all areas.

The call number range PS corresponds to the Subject range "American Literature"; the call number range PR corresponds to British and other literatures in English. In the Doheny Library, the PR and PS sections are on the second level of stacks, behind the Circulation desk.

LOCATIONS: (please look carefully at locations listed in the USC catalog)

Apart from the Doheny and Leavey Libraries, literary scholars might find relevant books in other libraries

1) Hoose Library of Philosophy (located in the Mudd Hall of Philosophy),

2) The Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts Library AFA (located in the Wat Hall)

3) Cinematic Arts Library located on the lower level of the Doheny Memorial Library

4) Music Library, located on the lower level of the Doheny Memorial Library

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