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RAMS 101: Slavery in Fact, Fiction, and Film

Searching the Libray Catalog

Henry Whittemore Library is part of the Minuteman Library Network. To search for materials at Framingham State University or in other libraries, use the Minuteman Library Network Catalog linked above. The Minuteman Library also has more than just books! You can also search the catalog for films and other materials.

Finding Poems

The Poetry Foundation can be a great resource for finding poems about slavery.

How do I know if the book I found is a novel?

When doing research in the library catalog, look for the word "fiction" in the catalog record. For this assignment, you need a work of fiction or a poem, not a history book on slavery.

One easy way to tell if the book you are looking at is a work of fiction is to look at the subject, listed under the details, in the catalog record of the book.

Screeshot of the details from a record in the minuteman catalog. The subjects listed are "fugitive slaves - fiction" and "southern states - fiction"

In the example above, "fugitive slaves -- fiction" is one of the subjects. This tells you it's a work of fiction about fugitive slaves. Including the word "fiction" in your search will help you find works of fiction.