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Heroes & Archetypes: Finding Books

A guide to the resources we have on archetypes.

Using the Library Catalog

Non-fiction books can be found in the library's General Collection, or the white-labeled book shelves. Use the call number to find the book on the shelves. You can check out 20 general books at one time. Each book can be checked out for 3 weeks, with up to two renewals of 3 weeks each.

Some books are found in our E-Book collection, so they are available online and not in print on our shelves. Clicking on the book title will take you to a page where you can click on the "Click here for access" link and use the "PDF Full Text" option to read the full book.

You can access the BC Library Catalog by clicking on the first link below, and access the library's E-Book collection by clicking on the second link! 

Subject Headings

The library on-line catalog uses specific labels for subject headings/topics, and books are "tagged" in the computer by those terms according to their topics.  The on-line library catalog is expecting you to use those specific search terms.

If you need help figuring out the right words to use, ask a Reference Librarian!


Helpful Search Terms (Subject Headings) for This Project

Use "subject begins with" search for the following helpful search terms.  Type the search terms in exactly as you see them here [excluding text in brackets]!

archetypes in civilization


hero worship

heroes [has subtopics]




heroes in

myth [has related headings & subtopics]

myth in 

mythology [has related headings & subtopics]

Search Tips

Here are some of the types of searches you can do, as well as tips:

  • "Title begins with”—don’t type articles (the, a, an) at front of title
  • Title keywords”—use AND between words
  • Author last name, first”—always use last, first name
  • Subject begins with” and “Subject keywords”—both use Subject Headings as listed by the LOC—results often list the correct terms to use as “heading is”—can also click on book titles to get related subject headings
  • Word anywhere”—searches the entire catalog entry for the book, not just its subject headings or title; use for poems, plays, short stories
  • Search terms need to be main concept/big ideas

Call Numbers and Finding Books on the Shelf

Call Number= the address of the book on its spine

The signs on the end of the bookcases only refer to first two lines of a call #.

Pay attention to "collection" on the book entry in the catalog:  

REFERENCE= Green-labeled bookcases

GENERAL= White-labeled bookcases

Once in correct aisle, read call number, matching one line at a time, until find the right book.  Browse the shelves around it for possibly more books on your topic.

General Books

General Books, continued