Tools & Tips: Genre Search

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Genre is a term often used when describing categories of  literature; familiar and often-cited genres include poetry, non-fiction, romance and mystery. Did you know that “personal narratives,” “vampire fiction” and “pastoral fiction” are also genres of literature? In fact, libraries use an extensive list of genres to identify materials.  Using a Genre Search to browse the library catalog is a useful tool.

Here’s how:

  • From the Catalog (Classic) Home, look for the “More Searches” option at the top of the page.
  • Select Genre/Form from the drop down menu.
  • Enter your favorite genre in the “search for” field  (i.e., thrillers). Not sure what genre to start with? A list of common genres is on the search page to get you started. You can also narrow your search by how the results are sorted or the type of material you are looking for (audio visual, young adult, etc.)
  • Submit your search.

Check out our Classic Catalog Tips Archive for additional tips and tricks.

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