NEW!! Graphic Novel Collection is on 3rd floor now! This collection includes graphic novels, not books about graphic novels.
Graphic Novels tend to be in the following LC call number range:
PN 6727-6790 Comic books, strips, etc. (Graphic Novels)
But there are exceptions. Do a library catalog SUBJECT search for graphic novels to see a comprehensive list of all of Alkek Library's graphic novels, movies adapted from graphic novels, and books about graphic novels. Some graphic novels or runs of comics may still be in the 6th floor PN 6727-6790. Just look for the title in the library catalog.
There are several different subject headings for graphic novels. While searching for graphic novels, you may want to try some of the following subject headings in your search:
This page will give you ways to find books about graphic novels and how to research them using the library catalog. The box below this one has more info about using the library catalog and the Handouts box on the left hand column of the page has a handout with more with tips about how to use the catalog. The Finding Graphic Novels tab will tell you how to find graphic novels at Alkek Library as will the Subject Headings & Call Number Range boxes on the left hand column of this page.
There are also a sample of the books at the library about graphic novels in the box Selected Books about Graphic Novels, but there are many more which you can find using the information on this page!
In the Databases for Finding Articles about Graphic Novels box below there are different database suggestions for finding articles about graphic novels, graphic novel artists and novelists.
These are just a few of the books that Alkek Library has about graphic novels. You can find many more using the information on this tab and on the Create Your Own Graphic Novel tab!
Check the Databases list for more database descriptions and subject areas.
These resources can be found on the Library Home Page through the Databases link and then under the Art & Design. Most of these are for finding articles. Also refer to the Library's Image Collections resources. If you are not in the library you will be prompted for your Texas State username and password. Use the Images tab on this guide for more about finding images.
Communication Studies Databases could also be another good source for articles since they can cover visual communication theories and topics.
You could also use literature databases to find info about graphic novels.
Book Review Databases
Credo Reference Alkek reference source for ideas on keywords and background information. Has images and concept map too. See the tutorial below and more info about Credo Reference below.
E-Reference Sources at Alkek Library full list of our e-reference resources: full-text subject encyclopedias and dictionaries
Oxford Reference Alkek reference source for ideas on keywords and background information
Here is the link to our Writing & Citation Style Guides page where you can get handouts with Examples for different writing styles including APA.
The library also has copies of some of the different style manuals. Ask at the Research & Information Desk to see if there is a copy of the one you need, and if not we can look to see if there is one in the general collection available for check out. The handouts and links to examples on the Writing & Citation Styles Guide page don't have the entire contents of the APA or MLA manual so come ask for it and help at the Research & Information Desk , if you need it.
Have a lot of citations you want to enter in your works cited/references list? Try a citation manager.
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