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Use this guide as a starting point for information on Graphic Novels. Included are finding aids for graphic novels in the juvenile & regular collection as well as reference, database, and internet resources.
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Graphic Novels

This guide is a starting place for information on Graphic Novels. It currently includes information pertaining to locating juvenile and circulating collection graphic novels, reference, book review and database resources, and a growing list of internet resources. There are many definitions of graphic novels available and arguments have been be made for calling them comic books, art forms, genre, format, and llustrative storytelling forms.  Below are a few definitions from IRC reference books:

  • "The term 'graphic novel signifies a movement rather than a form'" (p.6)

    Gravett, P. (2005x). Graphic novels: Stories to change your lfe, NY: HarperCollins.

  • Graphic novels may also include "a collection of comic strips about a common set of characters; a colleciton of comic book-length stories (that is, thirty-two-page-stories) brought together in a longer narrative; and single sustained storytilling effort." (p.xv)

    Pendergast, S. & Pendergast, T. (2007). U-X-L graphic novelists. (S. Hermsen, Ed.). Detroit: U-X-L/Thompson Gale.

  • Graphic Novel is a term originated by Will Eisner to describe his book to a publisher. "Eisner's term was meant to distinguish serious works told in the comic book format from collections of humorous comic strips." (p.1)

    Crawford, P.C. (2003). Graphic novels 101 : selecting and using graphic novels to promote literacy for children and young adults : a resouce guide for school librarians and educators. Salt Lake City, UT: Hi Willow Research & Publication.

Finding Graphic Novels in the Library


Browsing the Stacks for Graphic Novels

Browsing in the stacks? 

Graphic novels, also known as comic books, strips, etc., are located with the numerical LC classification PN Literature (General).  You will find juvenile graphic novels on the library second floor.

Classification Subclass Subject Headings - Juvenile
PN 6727 - 6790 Literature (General)
   Comic books, strips, etc. (Graphic Novels)
Categoriezed for Young Adult Readers
PZ  7.7 Fiction & Juvenile Literature
    Graphic Novels
Categorized for Younger Readers









Graphic novel has also been added to catalog records as a Genre/Form.  Selecting this link within any book catalog record will take you to a graphic novel subject search.  One more way to browse for the book you want. 


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