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HUM 500c Tragedy : Books

A guide to research for students in Dr. Wayne Markert's class, created by Librarian Maryke Barber

Catalog searching tips

  •  Subject Search: To find materials written ABOUT your subject. 
    • When viewing items, change Sort to “Reverse Year” to see newest items at top.
    • Search by last name first, then first name.
  • Author Search: To find materials written BY your subject.
    • Search by last name first, then first name.
  • Keyword (or Word) Search
    •  Will provide mix of materials, some by and some about your subject.
    • Will reveal materials that would not have appeared through author or subject search (e.g., if your subject was listed in the Table of Contents). 
    •  Use additional search terms such as "criticism" (in addition to your subject's name or the book's title) to help narrow your results.

Find Books

Some examples of books that you can check out

Where are the....



HU - General Collection:
"A-N" numbers are on the 3rd floor
"P-Z" numbers are on the 2nd floor


HU - Folio and Oversize Folio:
2nd floor


HU- Reference
1st floor


HU Annex, HU Music Library:
use the "request" function in the online catalog




*shelved alphabetically*


current issues:
Lewis Reading Room, 1st floor


older issues:
ground floor "compact" shelves 

Key Terms

These terms, used in the official Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) can be used as key words in searching our catalog, Worldcat and other databases:

Criticism and interpretation (add to author name)

official LCSH example:Sophocles -- Criticism and interpretation

History and criticism (add to literary movement)

official LCSH example: English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 -- History and criticism literature (add before a noun)

official LCSH example: Murder in Literature


The Library of Congress uses theater to mean performance, including such topics as the direction, design, acting etc. Drama is the literary form that is created for theater.