Sometimes fiction on a topic can complement more factual sources. As Baildon (2018) notes, “Those (voices) excluded from higher education can often be found in fiction, music, or other cultural expression” (p. 178). The ACRL Framework calls us to listen to such voices (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, Scholarship as Conversation Section).
How do we find topical fiction? We can search the library catalog by subject heading, then look for the subheading Fiction. For example Elisabeth Egan’s A Window Opens is listed under Career Development–Fiction.
We can also search the NoveList database. Though we can’t search it by subject, we can limit a search to fiction.
These two approaches work well together. In fact many catalog records list readlikes with NoveList links. Together or separately the techniques demonstrate strategic searching (ACRL, 2016, Searching as Strategic Exploration section).
World Book Night is April 23. Enjoy your favorite books, fiction or nonfiction.
Association of College & Research Libraries. (2016). Framework for information literacy for higher education. Retrieved from ACRL website: http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework
Baildon, M. (2018, April). Extending the social justice mindset: Implications for scholarly communication. College & Research Libraries News, 79(4), 176-179.