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Humanities: Books, Theses & Dissertations

LC Call Numbers

LC Call Numbers for Humanities Subjects:

AZ Humanities Scholarship
B Philosophy
BH Aesthetics
BL-BX Religion
GR Folklore
GT 500-2370 Costume, Dress, Fashion
GV 1580-1799 Dance
M Music
N Visual Arts (general)
NA Architecture
NB Sculpture
NC Drawing
ND Painting
Print Media
NK Decorative Arts
NX Fine Arts in general (including Performing Arts)
P Languages
PA Greek Language & Literature/Latin Language & Literature
PL East Asian, African & Oceana Language & Literature
PN Literature
PN1600-1692 Drama
PN1865-1999 Cinematic Arts, Puppetry,Pantomimes, Television, Radio
PN2000-3299 Dramatic Representation
PQ Romance literatures
PR English literature
PS American literature
PT Germanic literatures
TR Photography


Book Reviews

Here are some sources for book reviews.  Be sure to search in some of the subject specialized periodical indexes as well.

Ways to Search For Books

HBLL Scholar Search: Keyword searching. Select Books & Ebooks search and perform advance  or simple searches for printed books and E-books held by HBLL.

BYU Library Catalog: Alphabetical searching, call number searching, etc. of the library collection can be done here along with keyword searching.

Other Libraries - Try WorldCat: Unified catalog of research libraries and public libraries throughout the world. Includes books, serials, sound recordings, data files, musical scores, and visual materials. Search using Library Catalog commands. Updated daily. Interlibrary loan database. Look up book, and order it from interlibrary loan.

Finding a Standard Edition

Suggestions for finding the standard editions of literary works:

  • Consult bibliographies devoted to the author - Catalog search tip: Perform a keyword search combining the word "bibliography" or "guide" with the author's name. Or try a subject alphabetic search on the author's name (last name first), and browse the resulting list for the subheading "Bibliography."
  • Find concordances devoted to an author - Catalog search tip: Perform a keyword search in the library catalog combining "concordance" or" wordlist" with author's name: ex. concordance$ and borges. Or try a subject alphabetic search on the author's name, and browse the resulting list for the subheading "Concordances."  $ is truncation symbol for library catalog to retrieve both "concordance" and "concordances."
  • Consult bibliographies of scholarly books/articles or look for scholarly reviews.
  • Consult historical reviews and critical essays of the author's works.
  • Consult with researcher(s) familiar with the scholarship (your professor perhaps).
  • For contemporary authors, most likely the 1st edition will be considered the standard edition.
  • Often a "Complete Works" edition will be considered the standard edtion of an author's writings.

A "Standard Edition" is" an authoritative edition of the works of a prominent writer, frequently in one volume and continuing year after year as the basic textbook.  Some of these editions also remain definitive: established as the text closest to the author's original product and most inclusive in canon, through exhaustive textual collation and historical research, not yet superseded by subsequent discoveries." (from The Harper Handbook to Literature, 2nd edition, 1997)

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Theses & Dissertations

Search the library catalog for BYU theses and dissertations.