Finding Fiction in the FIU Libraries

How to find fiction, fun reading, "regular books" in the library!

"THE READER" BY HENRI MATISSE

What is "Fiction?"

This is not a stupid question, because the distinction between fiction and nonfiction has been blurred in recent years. Novelists (writers of fiction) have based stories on real life events and characters (nonfiction), and historians (writers of nonfiction) have incorporated imagined dialogue (fiction) to suggest the thoughts of historical figures. Now we have new categories of works such as "Creative Nonfiction" to fill the gap between fiction and nonfiction.

Generally:

Fiction = Literature = poems, stories, plays, novels

(can be inspired by true stories or facts, but are ultimately works of the imagination of the author.)

Non-Fiction = Works centered on facts and reality = newspaper stories, editorials, personal accounts, journal articles, textbooks, legal documents. 

(Includes "Creative Nonfiction" a popular new area in which true stories are told using literary craft to make them seem more like novels, and therefore easier for the reader to enjoy.  They are still factual works, however.)

The word “creative” refers to the use of literary craft, the techniques fiction writers, playwrights, and poets employ to present nonfiction—factually accurate prose about real people and events—in a compelling, vivid, dramatic manner. - See more at: https://www.creativenonfiction.org/what-is-creative-nonfiction#sthash.JULsFWaB.dpuf
The word “creative” refers to the use of literary craft, the techniques fiction writers, playwrights, and poets employ to present nonfiction—factually accurate prose about real people and events—in a compelling, vivid, dramatic manner. - See more at: https://www.creativenonfiction.org/what-is-creative-nonfiction#sthash.JULsFWaB.dpuf
The word “creative” refers to the use of literary craft, the techniques fiction writers, playwrights, and poets employ to present nonfiction—factually accurate prose about real people and events—in a compelling, vivid, dramatic manner. - See more at: https://www.creativenonfiction.org/what-is-creative-nonfiction#sthash.JULsFWaB.dpuf
The word “creative” refers to the use of literary craft, the techniques fiction writers, playwrights, and poets employ to present nonfiction—factually accurate prose about real people and events—in a compelling, vivid, dramatic manner. - See more at: https://www.creativenonfiction.org/what-is-creative-nonfiction#sthash.JULsFWaB.dpuf

Why Fiction Matters--from Library Journal

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LIGHT READING

Where's the Fiction?

Unlike public libraries, academic libraries such as FIU's Green and Hubert libraries will not have a single "fiction" section where all novels, stories, poems and plays are located.  Fiction is shelved according to the author's country of origin and time period.  Critical works on fiction (literary criticism) and translations are shelved side by side with the novels.  

You can search in the library's catalog by author, title, subject or keyword. 

If you just want to browse our fiction collection, then try these general areas:

American fictionPS 3500s to 3600s area

(for more recent American authors, whose first work was published after 2001, try the PS 3606s area)

British fiction:      PR 6000s to 6100s

Canadian fiction: PR 9100s

Caribbean, African and Asian fiction written in English: PR 9200s to 9500s

Indian fiction:       PK 5400s (regardless of language)

Spanish fiction:    PQ 6600s to 7000s

Fiction in Spanish written outside of Spain: PQ 7000s to 8900s

New Fiction at the FIU Libraries! (If you see a repeated title, that means there are two copies available.)

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NEW eBOOKS TO DOWNLOAD!

 Popular Fiction E-books Now Available

As an expansion of the current e-reader program, which provides fiction titles on Kindles,

the FIU Libraries have purchased approximately 200 Random House fiction titles to pilot fiction e-book check-out.

 

The use of these titles are limited to one user at a time, but they can be checked out and downloaded to an e-reader, tablet or smartphone for up to 7 days with the appropriate app:

 

To find available titles, search the FIU Library catalog or browse ""Fiction"" category of the the EBSCO E-book Portal.

 

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READING GUIDES AVAILABLE IN THE GREEN LIBRARY

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