Books are often a good starting point because they offer a general examination of a given topic or issue. To find electronic and print books at Western Libraries, use our catalogue:
Search for books about a topic using the keyword search. *To find books about Frankenstein, enter the book title as a "keyword." To find copies of Frankenstein, enter the book title as a "title."
Select a title in order to find its location and availability:
Find the library where this book is located under "Location.' "DBW stack" means that this title is at Weldon library. According to the status (under "Currently") the book is not checked out. The "Call Number" (PR 5397.F73V44 1986) helps you locate the book on the shelf.
When you select a title, you might also notice subject headings (see image below). Subject headings indicate the topics covered by a particular text. For instance, topics discussed in the book Mary Shelley & Frankenstein: The Fate of Androgyny include Androgyny in literature, Sex differences in literature and Split self in literature. If you click on a subject heading, you will find other sources associated with the same topic. So if you click "Androgyny (Psychology) in literature, you will find other critical texts related to androgyny in literature.
Sample Subject Headings for Science Fiction
Science Fiction-- History and Criticism
Future in Literature
Sample Subject Headings for Fantasy
Fantasy Fiction-- History and Criticism