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Graphic Novels and Comics

A guide for students and researchers interested in comics and graphic novels.

Become a better researcher - try using Subject Headings

In addition to keyword searching, or searching by title and author, you may search Bobcat by subject heading, in order to make use of the catalog's controlled vocabulary. Subject headings are assigned to published material by the Library of Congress. They can be very broad, consisting of one word, for example, graphic novels or comic books, but they also tend to link terms together, specifying what a work is about according to theme, period, geographical region, etc.

Examples of more specific subject headings include:

  • Graphic novels -- United States
  • Comic books, strips, etc
  • Spiegelman, Art -- Comic books, strips, etc
  • Hergé, 1907-1983
  • Cartoonists -- United States -- Biography
  • Comic books, strips, etc -- United States -- History and criticism
  • Superheroes -- United States
  • Graphic novels -- Authorship
  • Comic books, strips, etc -- Moral and ethical aspects

A selection of Graphic Novel and Comics scholarship