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Copy of Critical Writing Program: Comics & Graphic Novels - Fall 2020: Overview

Comics & Graphic Novels

three comic-strip panels: one with random punctuation marks, another that reads "pow," and another that reads "comics"

Scholarly Databases

These databases will help you find scholarly articles about your topic.

Background Resources

Why use this guide?

This Critical Writing Program guide will help you to:

  • Read a citation
  • Find books and articles using citations and keywords
  • Choose the best scholarly resources for your topic
  • Get personalized assistance!

How to Read a Citation

Book citations generally show a publisher and a city of publication. Book chapters will include the title of the chapter as well as the name of the book.

Article citations have a journal/periodical title in addition to the article title. They will usually also show a volume and issue number, and may show a day and month.

Using Citations to Find Articles

If you have a complete article citation, search Articles+ on the Penn Libraries homepage to find the full text of your article.

No luck? That doesn't mean we don't have access to the article - it could be in print! Try using the PennText Article Finder as a next step. You can find PennText on the Library homepage.

To find the full-text of an article, enter the journal name into the PennText article finder. A pop-up box will give you options to access the article online, in print, or the option to request through interlibrary loan.

Using Citations to Find Books

If your citation is a book, use Franklin, the Library catalog. Franklin will help you find the library in which the book is located, and the call number.

You can search for a specific book by title, author, or ISBN. You can also do a keyword or subject keyword search to find books on a particular topic.

Keyword Searching

This document suggests a good method of crafting effective keyword searches:

Subject Guide


Rare Books Library Comic Collection

To find content in the collection, try a Keyword Search for "comics collection" (with the quotes) in Franklin.

For assistance, please contact:

Lynne Farrington- Curator of Printed Books

John Pollack- Library Specialist, Public Services

Readng Room Hours

For more information about the Rare Books Library please see:

Penn Libraries Home Franklin Home
(215) 898-7555