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How do I?

 

Norlin has a wide variety of popular, obscure, English and foreign fiction titles!

 

Fiction titles can often be hard to find though; unlike at public libraries, fiction tends to be classified by author nationality, national literature tradition and/or language.

 

Try the following tools to help locate your next good read or use the tabs above for more specific help.

 

+ Browse the Popular Reading Collection (Browsing Collection)

What: Current bestsellers and other popular titles

Where: Located on the 2nd Floor of Norlin, near the Circulation Desk

How: Browse alphabetically by author name. Books can also be searched in Chinook and are indicated by a letter F

Chinook: New Materials in Popular Reading at The University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries

 

E.g.

Larsson, Steig
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
F LAR 2010

 

+ Search for a specific Title or Author

What: Popular and obscure literature titles

Where: Located in Norlin Stacks, 3A, 3B and 3C

How: Search Chinook using the tips below to find the call number. Use the Norlin Stacks map to find where the books are located

 

  • Chinook
  • Chinook Classic
  • Type your keywords in Chinook, eg author and/or title
  • On the left hand side of the screen select Books, or Author or Title to narrow your search

To find books by an author do an AUTHOR search in Chinook.

 

To find a specific title, do a TITLE search in Chinook.

 

To find books by genre, do a GENRE search in Chinook

 

To find books about a novel, do a KEYWORD search in Chinook under the author's name and under the title of the work (use both). E.g. Lope de Vega AND Fuenteovejuna

 

+ Find ebooks?

 

What: Mostly older literature titles

How: Search Chinook using the tips below to find e-books.

 

E-books are hosted on various platforms that have different restrictions for printing, copying and saving. They can be viewed on mobile devices with an Internet browser as long as you are either on campus, or following the off-campus access guidelines.


  • Chinook
  • Chinook Classic
  • Type your keywords in Chinook, eg author and/or title
  • On the left hand side of the screen select "Online Library Resources" or "Hathi Trust" to access e-content. You must have the VPN if you are off campus.

  • Do an Advanced Search in Chinook and limit the collection to "Online Library Resources"
  • You must have the VPN if you are off campus.

 

The Libraries subscribe to e-books from many vendors and publishers, including (but not limited to):

Early English Books Online (EEBO) / EEBO-TCP

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)

English and American Drama of the Nineteenth Century

MyiLibrary

 

 

+ Need a recommendation?

Check out prize winning books from Norlin! Search in Chinook for the following prizes to find a list of books that have won that award:

 

Man Booker Prize for fiction | Pulitzer Prize for fiction | PEN/Faulkner Prize for fiction | Orange Prize for Fiction (UK) | Books mentioned on the Daily Show! | Oprah’s Book Club | National Book Critic Award | National Book Award Winner -Fiction | Staff Favorites! | Colorado Authors

 

All Readers

A detailed plot search is the key feature of All Readers. By selecting attributes of plot, character, setting, and style from the extensive search form, readers can generate a list of books that have been described as having those attributes. Searches are customized for science fiction, mystery, literature, romance, biography, and history genres. Basic author and title searches and one-click plot searches are also available. Plot summaries are submitted by readers.

 

Fiction DB

A one-stop source, Fiction DB has most of the information readers might want about fiction books and authors. Series lists—publisher, author, and multiple author—are a valuable feature. Author pages include a complete bibliography, pseudonyms, series lists, and awards and reviews from major sources (by title). Book pages add a plot summary, genre and time period information, and recommendations and tag cloud data from LibraryThing. Access to award and review information requires creation of a free account.

 

Fiction-L Booklists

Booklists that have been compiled as a result of queries on Fiction-L, the Morton Grove Public Library’s mailing list for RA issues, are archived on this site. Lists are arranged alphabetically in the categories of genre, setting, subject, author, audience, “best of” lists, and miscellaneous. The specific focus of each list offsets the lack of a search function; this site is most helpful for those with time to peruse the content.

 

Gnooks

For a quick author suggestion, Gnooks is fun and easy to use. This self-adapting system generates ideas in two ways. Enter three favorite authors to receive a single author name based on the combination; more suggestions are available depending on whether you indicate that you like, don’t like, or don’t know that author. Alternatively, enter one author to receive a literature map showing writers of similar works. The site also includes a discussion board.

 

Overbooked: A Resource for Readers

Overbooked clearly reflects the hand of an experienced book selector in its thoughtfully compiled lists that include topics such as adult fiction for teens and readable nonfiction. Sections of note include starred lists, gathering in one place the starred reviews of four major review sources. Book entries include annotations, review information, and, in some cases, internal links to other lists and external links to additional information.

Ten Additional Websites of Note

From RUSQ: A Selection of Core Resources for Readers’ Advisory Service

 

+ Can't find what you're looking for?

Borrow titles free of charge from public libraries in Colorado through Prospector.

 

  • Chinook
  • Chinook Classic
  • Type your keywords in Chinook, eg author and/or title
  • If the book is checked out or we don't have it, click on the Prospector icon on the right of the screen.
  • Select CU Boulder and log in with your identikey
  • Click on Request this item. You will receive an email when it arrives (3-5 days)

  • Type your keywords in Chinook, eg author and/or title
  • If the book is checked out or we don't have it, click on the Prospector icon on the right of the screen.
  • Select CU Boulder and log in with your identikey
  • Click on Request this item. You will receive an email when it arrives (3-5 days

 

You may also request material through Inter-Library Loan, or suggest material for purchase.

 

 

 

 

 

How do I?

 

Norlin has a large collection of new and older fiction from English speaking countries round the world, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean and more!

 

Check out prize winning books from Norlin! Search in Chinook for the following prizes to find a list of books that have won that award:

 

Man Booker Prize for fiction | Pulitzer Prize for fiction | PEN/Faulkner Prize for fiction | Orange Prize for Fiction (UK) | National Book Critic Award | National Book Award Winner -Fiction | Staff Favorites! | Colorado Authors

 

Newbery Medal | Caldecott Medal

 

 

+ Browse for English language literature

American literature: PS1-3576 (Norlin Stacks, 3C)

American literature, 1900-1960: PS3500-PS3549

American literature, 1961-2000: PS3550-PS3576

American literature, 2001- : PS3600-PS3626

British literature: PR 6050-6126 (Norlin Stacks, 3C)

British literature, 1900-1960: PR6000-PR6049

British literature, 1961-2000: PR6050-PR6076

British literature, 2001-: PR6100-PR6126

Canadian literature: PS8001-PS8599 (Norlin Stacks, 3C)

 

Asian, African, Australian, New Zealand and Caribbean Literature written in English: PR9199-PR9639 (Norlin Stacks, 3C)

 

+ Search by Author or Title

Where: Located in Norlin Stacks 3C

How: Search Chinook using the tips below to find the call number. Use the Norlin Stacks map to find where the books are located

 

 

  • Chinook
  • Chinook Classic
  • Type your keywords in Chinook, eg author and/or title
  • On the left hand side of the screen select Books, or Author or Title to narrow your search

To find books by an author do an AUTHOR search in Chinook.

 

To find a specific title, do a TITLE search in Chinook.

 

To find books by genre, do a GENRE search in Chinook

 

To find books about a novel, do a KEYWORD search in Chinook under the author's name and under the title of the work (use both). E.g. Shakespeare and Twelfth Night

 

 

+ Browse for Children's Literature

Norlin has a separate Children's Literature collection:

 

Where: 3rd floor of Norlin, near Special Collections. (Map)

How: Search Chinook using the tips below to find the call number.

 

  • Chinook
  • Chinook Classic
  • Type your keywords in Chinook, eg author and/or title
  • On the left hand side of the screen select Juvenile Collection as the location

Do an advanced search in Chinook using one of the following strategies:

 

  • EITHER Add the term "Juvenile Fiction" after your topic keyword

    E.g.: Imagination Juvenile Fiction

  • OR Limit the Location to "Juvenile" to search only for materials located in the Libraries' Juvenile Literature Collection:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

+ Can't find what you're looking for?

Borrow titles free of charge from public libraries in Colorado through Prospector.

 

  • Chinook
  • Chinook Classic
  • Type your keywords in Chinook, eg author and/or title
  • If the book is checked out or we don't have it, click on the Prospector icon on the right of the screen.
  • Select CU Boulder and log in with your identikey
  • Click on Request this item. You will receive an email when it arrives (3-5 days)

  • Type your keywords in Chinook, eg author and/or title
  • If the book is checked out or we don't have it, click on the Prospector icon on the right of the screen.
  • Select CU Boulder and log in with your identikey
  • Click on Request this item. You will receive an email when it arrives (3-5 days)

 

You may also request material through Inter-Library Loan, or suggest material for purchase.

 

 

 

 

 

How do I?

 

Norlin has a large collection of new and older fiction from round the world, including literature from China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Russia, Scandinavia, Spain and more!

 

See below for more information about browsing or searching the stacks for titles or authors.

 

Check out prize winning books from Norlin! Search in Chinook for the following prizes to find a list of books that have won that award:

Japanese Literary Prize Winners

 

 

+ Browse for foreign language literature

PG Slavic, Baltic, Albanian languages (Norlin Stacks, 3B)

Slavic literature PG500-585
Russian literature PG2900-3698

Ukrainian PG3801-3987
Czech PG4001-5146
Slovak PG5201-5546
Polish PG6001-7446
Lithuanian PG8501-8772
Latvian PG8801-9146
Albanian PG9501-9665

PH Uralic, Basque languages (Norlin Stacks, 3B)

Finnish PH101-405

Hungarian PH2001-3445
Basque PH5001-5490

PJ Oriental languages and literatures (Norlin Stacks, 3B)

Arabic Literature PJ 7501-8517

PK Indo-Iranian languages and literatures (Norlin Stacks, 3B)

Hindi Literature PK 2030-2142

Persian Literature PK 6400-6599.7

PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania (Norlin Library--Basement--East Asian)

Chinese Literature PL 2250-3208

Japanese Literature PL 700-889

Korean Literature PL 950-998

PQ French literature - Italian literature - Spanish literature - Portuguese
literature
(Norlin Stacks, 3B and C)

French literature PQ1-3999
Italian literature PQ4001-5999
Spanish Literature, PQ6001-8929

Portuguese Literature, PQ9000-9999

Literature of Spanish America PQ 7081-8560

PT German, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish literature (Norlin Stacks, 3C)

German literature PT1-4897

Dutch literature PT5001-5980

Flemish literature since 1830 PT6000-6466.36
Afrikaans literature PT6500-6592.36
Scandinavian literature PT7001-7099
Modern Icelandic literature PT7351-7550

Danish literature PT7601-8260

Norwegian literature PT8301-9155
Swedish literature PT9201-9999

 

+ Search by author or title

Where: Located in Norlin Stacks, 3B and 3C and Norlin Library--Basement

How: Search Chinook using the tips below to find the call number. Use the Norlin Stacks or Norlin Library--Basement map to find where the books are located

 

  • Chinook
  • Chinook Classic
  • Type your keywords in Chinook, eg author and/or title
  • On the left hand side of the screen select the language
  • Searches can be made in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean scripts too.

  • To limit books by language, do an advanced search in Chinook and select language:

 

 

 

 

+ Search for foreign literature in translation

Where: Located in Norlin Stacks, 3B and 3C and Norlin Library--Basement

How: Search Chinook using the tips below to find the call number. Use the Norlin Stacks or Norlin Library--Basement map to find where the books are located

 

  • Chinook
  • Chinook Classic
  • Type your keywords in Chinook, eg author and/or title
  • On the left hand side of the screen select the language
  • Searches can be made in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean scripts too.

To limit books by language, do an advanced search in Chinook and select language:

 

 

 

 

To find bilingual children's materials, do an advanced search in Chinook for both languages (example: English AND Spanish) and limit the Location to Juvenile. (see below)

 

+ Search for foreign children's literature

Norlin has a separate Children's Literature collection:

 

Where: 3rd floor of Norlin, near Special Collections. (Map)

How: Search Chinook using the tips below to find the call number.

 

  • Chinook
  • Chinook Classic
  • Type your keywords in Chinook, eg author and/or title
  • On the left hand side of the screen select Juvenile Collection as the location
  • Also select the language from the left hand side

 

Do an advanced search in Chinook using one of the following strategies:

EITHER Add the term "Juvenile Fiction" after your topic keyword

E.g.: Imagination Juvenile Fiction

OR Limit the Location to "Juvenile" to search only for materials located in the Libraries' Juvenile Literature Collection

 

AND Select the language required:

 

 

 

 

To find bilingual children's materials, do an advanced search in Chinook for both languages (example: English AND Spanish) and limit the Location to Juvenile. (see below)

 

+ Need a recommendation?

 

  • UNESCO's Index Translationum (includes translations published since 1979)
  • Translation Database (Three Percent) Records new translations of fiction and poetry published or distributed in the U.S. since January 1st, 2008. The data is presented in annual cumulations.
  • There are also indexes for specific languages, e.g. Japanese Literature in Translation
  • You may search WorldCat for the author and/or the original title of the work and limit the search to the desired language.

 

+ Can't find what you're looking for?

Borrow titles free of charge from public libraries in Colorado through Prospector.

 

  • Chinook
  • Chinook Classic
  • Type your keywords in Chinook, eg author and/or title
  • If the book is checked out or we don't have it, click on the Prospector icon on the right of the screen.
  • Select CU Boulder and log in with your identikey
  • Click on Request this item. You will receive an email when it arrives (3-5 days)

  • Type your keywords in Chinook, eg author and/or title
  • If the book is checked out or we don't have it, click on the Prospector icon on the right of the screen.
  • Select CU Boulder and log in with your identikey
  • Click on Request this item. You will receive an email when it arrives (3-5 days)

 

You may also request material through Inter-Library Loan, or suggest material for purchase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do I?

 

Norlin also has a wide selection of poetry in English and foreign languages.

 

See below for more information about browsing or searching the stacks for poems, poets or anthologies.

 

+ Browse for English or foreign language poetry

British Poetry: (Norlin Stacks, 3C)

PR500-614

American Poetry: (Norlin Stacks, 3C)

PS301-326

French Poetry: (Norlin Stacks, 3B)

PQ400-491

Italian Poetry: (Norlin Stacks, 3B)

PQ4091-4131

Spanish Poetry: (Norlin Stacks, 3C)

PQ6075-6098

Portuguese Poetry: (Norlin Stacks, 3C)

PQ9061-9081

German Poetry: (Norlin Stacks, 3C)

PT500-597

For other languages, see Foreign Language Literature.

 

+ Search by poet, poem or anthology

Where: Located in Norlin Stacks, 3B and 3C and Norlin Library--Basement

How: Search Chinook using the tips below to find the call number. Use the Norlin Stacks or Norlin Library--Basement map to find where the books are located

.

  • Chinook
  • Chinook Classic
  • Individual poems are not always found in Chinook
  • Search under the author's name or the title of the anthology in which the poem is found to find where those books are in the Library
  • Go to that area and look for the specific poem's title in each book's 'Index'.

 

  • Individual poems are not always found in Chinook
  • Do a KEYWORD search in Chinook under the author's name or the title of the anthology in which the poem is found to find where those books are in the Library
  • Go to that area and look for the specific Poem's title in each book's 'Index'

.

Also try CU Columbia Granger's world of poetry, which has some online full text poems.

 

CU = Available to CU affiliates only.
How to connect from home: Remote access information.

 

+ Can't find what you're looking for?

Borrow titles free of charge from public libraries in Colorado through Prospector.

 

  • Chinook
  • Chinook Classic
  • Type your keywords in Chinook, eg author and/or title
  • If the book is checked out or we don't have it, click on the Prospector icon on the right of the screen.
  • Select CU Boulder and log in with your identikey
  • Click on Request this item. You will receive an email when it arrives (3-5 days)

  • Type your keywords in Chinook, eg author and/or title
  • If the book is checked out or we don't have it, click on the Prospector icon on the right of the screen.
  • Select CU Boulder and log in with your identikey
  • Click on Request this item. You will receive an email when it arrives (3-5 days)

 

You may also request material through Inter-Library Loan, or suggest material for purchase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norlin has a growing selection of Graphic Novels!

 

See below for more information about browsing or searching the stacks for titles or authors.

 

+ Browse or Search for authors or titles

Where: Located in Norlin Stacks, 3B and 3C and Norlin Library--Basement

How: Search Chinook using the tips below to find the call number. Use the Norlin Stacks or Norlin Library--Basement map to find where the books are located

 

+ Government Graphic Novels

Some U.S. government agencies have produced comic books illustrating programs or services. Digital versions of these "government graphic novels" can be found on various websites:


+ Can't find what you're looking for?

Borrow titles free of charge from public libraries in Colorado through Prospector.

 

  • Chinook
  • Chinook Classic
  • Type your keywords in Chinook, eg author and/or title
  • If the book is checked out or we don't have it, click on the Prospector icon on the right of the screen.
  • Select CU Boulder and log in with your identikey
  • Click on Request this item. You will receive an email when it arrives (3-5 days)

  • Type your keywords in Chinook, eg author and/or title
  • If the book is checked out or we don't have it, click on the Prospector icon on the right of the screen.
  • Select CU Boulder and log in with your identikey
  • Click on Request this item. You will receive an email when it arrives (3-5 days)

 

You may also request material through Inter-Library Loan, or suggest material for purchase.