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Canadian Literature

Featuring Okanagan College Library's resources on Canadian Literature

Call Numbers

If you're not sure exactly what you're looking for, you may find it useful to browse the Library shelves at the following call number ranges:

PS 8001-PS 8649 Canadian Literature

PS 8001-PS8039 General

PS 8041-PS8057 Canadian literary criticism  (as a subject)

PS 8061-PS8227 History and criticism of Canadian literature

  PS 8111-PS 8117 By period

  PS 8129-PS 8133  By region ...

  PS 8139-PS 8227 Special forms

    PS 8139-PS 8159 Poetry

    PS 8179-PS 8199 Prose and prose fiction

PS 8231-PS 8379 Collections of Canadian literature

PS 8400-PS 8649  Individual authors

 Authors are classified by name and period of productivity; works by an author are followed by biography and criticism    


The Library has a growing collection of e-books which you can find using OCtopus or the Library Catalogue. 

Did you know you can download e-books (restrictions may apply)?

An example of an e-book:

Other Library Catalogues

Search for books in other library catalogues.  Use a UBC Library card to request and renew UBC Library books via the UBC Library catalogue; use the online Interlibrary Loan request form for other libraries 

Okanagan College Library Catalogue Search

The Okanagan College Library Catalogue lists books, DVDs, streaming videos, and CDs that the library owns in print or electronic format. You can also search to see if the library subscribes to a specific print or electronic journal by entering the title of the journal. However, you cannot use the catalogue to search for articles within the journals.

Click here for a brief tutorial on searching the catalogue and requesting items in the catalogue

Search the OC Library catalogue for books, DVDs and other resources.

Searching the Library Catalogue

Tip: Enclose phrases in quotation marks; truncate  with a question mark

Examples of keywords:

"canadian literature" decoloniz?

"canadian literature" postcolonial?

"canadian literature" canon?

"canadian literature" national?

"canadian literature" regional?

canad? "magic realism"

"canadian literature" global?

"canadian fiction" global?


Tip: Click on a subject heading in a catalogue record to find other materials on  that subject.  

With keyword searching if your initial search results aren’t satisfactory try synonyms, broader terms, narrower terms, and related words or phrases. Ask a librarian for help with alternative keywords or with subject headings.


Examples of subject headings:


Canadian literature -- History and criticism
Canadian literature --19th century -- History and criticism
Canadian literature (English) -- 20th century -- History and criticism
National characteristics, Canadian, in literature.
Prairie Provinces in literature.
Canadian literature (English) -- Asian-Canadian authors -- History and criticism
Canadian literature -- Black Canadian authors -- History and criticism
Canadian literature -- Indian authors -- History and criticism
Canadian literature (English) -- Inuit authors -- History and criticism.
Canadian literature (English) -- Métis authors -- History and criticism
Canadian literature (English) -- Native authors -- History and criticism.
Canadian literature -- Minority authors -- History and criticism
Canadian literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism
Canadian fiction -- History and criticism
Historical fiction, Canadian (English) -- History and criticism
Short stories, Canadian -- History and criticism
Canadian poetry (English) -- 21st century -- History and criticism
Poets, Canadian (English) -- 20th century -- Interviews
Campbell, Maria -- Criticism and interpretation
Kogawa, Joy. Obasan.
Ross, Sinclair, 1908-1996 -- Interviews

OCtopus (Library Search Engine)

Search OCtopus: Find Books, Articles, & More!

OCtopus searches the Okanagan College Library Catalogue and many but not all of the Library's research databases in one search.

Enter keywords in the OCtopus search box on the Library's website

Tip: Enclose phrases in quotation marks; truncate with an asterisk

        e.g. "canadian literature" regional*



You may  limit your search results by Resource types √ Books

You may  limit your search results by Resource types √ eBooks  

You may  limit your search results by Resource types √ Videos 

National Film Board of Canada CAMPUS

The Library provides access to streaming video versions of National Film Board of Canada productions, ranging from animated shorts to full-length documentaries. NFB CAMPUS edition  includes subscribed content not available to the public and users who create a profile have access to additional features like creating clips and playlists


Margaret Atwood: Once in August, filmmaker Michael Rubbo attempts to discover what shapes the celebrated writer's fiction and what motivates her characters. As one of Canada's most distinguished poets and novelists, Atwood is also one of this country's most elusive literary figures

The Library provides streaming access to the best in educational content from CBC and Radio-Canada. Find documentaries from TV and radio, news reports, archival material, excerpts and more.

Example: The Book of Negroes 

Examples of Audio CDs

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