LITR 201 - Introduction to Science Fiction

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Finding books that the library owns (in both print and electronic format) can be done via Library Esearch; our online catalog (see link above). Choosing the "Advanced Esearch" option is recommended. Follow these three steps to retrieve just the books we have on SF.

1. On the "Advanced Esearch" page enter the terms "Science Fiction" in one search box and "History and Criticism" in another. Change the drop-down menu to the left of the search boxes from the default "All Fields" search to "Subject Terms".

2. Beneath the search boxes find "Show Content Type" and choose "Book/eBbook".

3. A bit further down, under "Show Only" click the box next to "Items in the Library Catalog".

This will yield hundreds of results. For books about a particular author and their works you can search their names and titles of their books or stories as "Subject Terms" as well. 

Keep in mind that books we do not have in our collection can be requested via Interlibrary Loan.


Here are some additional subject searches that might be useful-


Aliens in literature

Artificial Intelligence



Dystopias in literature

End of the world in literature

Future, the, in literature

Life on other planets in literature

Literature and science

Physics in literature

Science fiction films

Science fiction television programs

Space and time in literature

Time travel in literature

Utopias in literature 


All of these are official Library of Congress Subject Headings and can be searched as such to help you find more focused results. If you are not sure a term is a subject heading then begin by searching it in "All Fields" (which is essentially a more forgiving keyword search).

What follows is a list of a few recommended books that can be found on the third floor of the library:


Using the Library Catalog

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