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Literature: Introduction: Books

An introductory guide for High School and IB students

Dewey Decimal Classification

Below you will find a list of call numbers using the Dewey Decimal Classification system which indicate where books concerning literature can be found. In the library, pure literature books have been shelved together in the 800's section.  However fiction, which may be literary in nature has been shelved in the fiction section. The shelf QR code will lead you to this Libguide.

800 Literature and rhetoric
801 Philosophy & theory
802 Miscellany
803 Dictionaries & encyclopedias
805 Serial publications
806 Organizations
807 Education, research, related topics
808 Rhetoric & collections of literature 
809 Literary history & criticism 
810 American & Canadian literature    
811 Poetry 
812 Drama 
813 Fiction 
814 Essays
815 Speeches
816 Letters
817 Satire & humor
818 Miscellaneous writings
820 English & Old English literatures and other literatures commonly translated into English    
821 Poetry 
822 Drama 
823 Fiction 
824 Essays
825 Speeches
826 Letters
827 Satire & humor
828 Miscellaneous writings
829 Old English 
830 Literatures of Germanic languages in German    
831 German poetry
832 German drama
833 German fiction
834 German essays
835 German speeches
836 German letters
837 German satire & humor
838 German miscellaneous writings
839 Other Germanic literatures 
839.3 Dutch, Flemish, Afrikaans
839.7 Swedish
839.8 Danish and Norwegian
840 Literatures of Romance languages
841 French poetry
842 French drama
843 French fiction
844 French essays
845 French speeches
846 French letters
847 French satire & humor
848 French miscellaneous writings
849 Provençal & Catalan
850 Italian, Romanian literatures, in Italian    
851 Italian poetry
852 Italian drama
853 Italian fiction
854 Italian essays
855 Italian speeches
856 Italian letters
857 Italian satire & humor
858 Italian miscellaneous writings
859 Romanian & Rhæto-Romanic
860 Spanish & Portuguese literatures    
861 Spanish poetry
862 Spanish drama
863 Spanish fiction
864 Spanish essays
865 Spanish speeches
866 Spanish letters
867 Spanish satire & humor
868 Spanish miscellaneous writings
869 Portuguese   
870 Latin & Old Latin literatuers
871 Latin poetry
872 Latin drama
873 Latin fiction
874 Latin essays
875 Latin speeches
876 Latin letters
877 Latin satire & humor
878 Latin miscellaneous writings
879 Literatures of other Italic languages
880 Hellenic literatures, Classical Greek    
881 Classical Greek poetry
882 Classical Greek drama
883 Classical Greek fiction
884 Classical Greek essays
885 Classical Greek speeches
886 Classical Greek letters
887 Classical Greek satire & humor
888 Classical Greek miscellaneous writings
889 Modern Greek
890 Literatures of other languages    
891 East Indo-European & Celtic literatures 
891.6 Celtic literatures
891.7 East Slavic literatures Russian
891.8 Slavic literatures
892 Afro-Asiatic literatures; Semitic 
892.4 Hebrew
893 Non-Semitic Afro-Asiatic literatures
894 Ural-Altaic, Paleosiberian, Dravidian
895 Literatures of East & Southeast Asia 
895.1 Chinese
895.6 Japanese
895.7 Korean
895.9 Annam-Muong, Mon-Khmer, Thai literatures
896 African literatures
897 North American native literatures
898 South American native literatures
899 Other literatures

 

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Carousel of books

We have many literary works in the East Secondary Library.

Click here for a list of the 290 Cambridge Companions to Literature in the library, available as eBooks.

Click here for some Quick Picks in literature selected by the librarians.

How books can open your mind

To introduce some books in the literature field we start with this video from TED where Lisa Bu "shares her unique approach to reading in this lovely, personal talk about the magic of books."

Cambridge Companions