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Graphic Novels & Comics

A guide to finding and researching graphic novels and comics in the UMD Libraries.

Reference Works on Comics & Graphic Novels

Using Subject Headings in WorldCat UMD

Comics As Philosophy

Use the Library of Congress Subject Headings (circled in red in the catalog record above) to quickly and easily locate the most relevant materials for your topic. Subject headings useful for locating information on graphic novels and comics include:

Graphic novels -- History and criticism

Comic books, strips, etc.  This heading can be subdivided, for example:

  •    Comic books, strips, etc. -- Bibliography
  •    Comic books, strips, etc. -- History and criticism
  •    Comic books, strips, etc. -- In Education
  •    Comic books, strips, etc. -- Moral and ethical aspects
  •    Comic books, strips, etc. -- United States -- History

   It can also be used as a subdivider, added to other subject headings. For example:

  •    Autobiographical comic books, strips, etc.
  •    Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc.
  •    Personal narratives -- Comic books, strips, etc.
  •    Science fiction comic books, strips, etc. -- 
  •    Superhero comic books, strips, etc.

You can also use writers and artists' names as subject headings, for example:

  •    Bechdel, Alison
  •    Eisner, Will
  •    Miller, Frank
  •    Pekar, Harvey

Finding Articles in Library Databases

The databases below may include scholarly articles on topics related to graphic novels, including their history, criticism, and uses in various setting (for example, schools and libraries.)

Useful keywords include: "Graphic novels," "Comic books, strips, etc.," "Narrative art," "Film adaptations," "Cartoons," "Cartoonists," and the names of specific comics and their creators.

Selected Scholarly Journals

The following journals are available electronically via Libraries' subscriptions.

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