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ENGLISH: Subject Guide

Resource suggestions and search tips for research in English literature and creative writing.

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stack of booksIn this section, you'll find:


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Raugust Library uses the Dewey Decimal System to organize and classify books. World literature can be found on the second floor in Dewey numbers

  • 830-839 (German & related languages)
  • 840-849 (French & related languages)
  • 850-859 (Italian & related languages)
  • 860-869 (Spanish, Portuguese & related languages)
  • 870-879 (Latin)
  • 880-889 (Classic & modern Greek)
  • 890-899 (literatures of Asia, Africa, and Indigenous peoples)

magnifying class iconNotice anything about the distribution of literature across Dewey numbers?

The Dewey Decimal System gives more classes, or numbers, to Western literature, particularly English-language literature--and therefore more importance. Literature from Asia, Africa, and Indigenous peoples have only one range of numbers, the 890s.

Reflect: How does the way that literature from around the world is classified affect our ability to find (and read) that literature?

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