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Graphic Novels & Comics

This guide was originally created for students of English 218 studying Comics and the Graphics Novel in Professor Baraw's American Experience and Literature Course at Southern Connecticut State University.

Buley resources

To browse for comics and graphic novels in Buley, go to the PN 6720-40 area on the 3rd floor.

You can also find full-text comics and graphic novels online in Underground Comics & Graphic Novels, volumes I & II

We also have a collection of graphic novels you can look at but not check out in Special Collections on the ground floor.


Use SouthernSearch to locate information in our library. SouthernSearch provides simple, one-stop searching for books and e-books, videos, articles, digital media, and more.

Enter your search terms in the search box provided and click on Search. The default is to search "Everything at SCSU." You can click on the down arrow next to "Everything at SCSU" for other choices such as SCSU Catalog and Collections, Articles and e-books, Course Reserves, and CT State Colleges and Universities.

When searching by keyword use "and" to combine your search terms for more precise results.
Example: Graphic novels and history
You can combine as many terms as you wish using "and" but the more terms you use the less results you will get.

Use "or" to expand or broaden your search. "Or" is generally used with synonyms.
Example: comic books or graphic novels

You can combine as many terms as you wish using "or" and the more terms you combine the greater your results will be.

Use Advanced Search for more search options to limit or focus your search.

Where are materials shelved?

Click on floorplan to see where materials are shelved on each floor of the library. Reference books are shelved on the first floor of Buley Library. Circulating books with call numbers A-PL are shelved on the second floor; PM -Z are shelved on the third floor. Newspapers and journals in print, microfilm or microfiche are on the ground floor.

Checking Out Books

Circulating books are checked out at the Check-out Counter on the main floor with a valid SCSU ID. Books can be checked out for 28 days with the option to have them renewed if no one else has requested them. Reference books cannot be checked out.

Requesting books from another library

To request a book from another library in the CSCU consortium, you must search the CSCU consortium by selecting "CT State Colleges and Universities" from the pull-down menu in the search box as the default is to search "Everything at SCSU". Enter your search terms and execute your search. Once the results list appears, you need to sign in to your library account to see which library has the book. You will see the name of the library that has the book and "available" if the book is available to be loaned. Click on "available" and you will see more information about the book and option to "request" the book. Click on "Request". Check to see that the pick-up institution is  Southern Connecticut State University and the library is Hilton C. Library. Click on request to complete the transaction. You will be notified by email when the book is here and you can pick up your book at the Check-out Desk.

For additional help requesting a book from another CSCU library, please watch this video:

Key Books in Buley Library

The 101 best graphic novels

The 9/11 report : a graphic adaptation

20,000 leagues under the sea

The adventures of Tom Sawyer

The beats : a graphic history

The best American comics 2015

Birth of a nation : a comic novel

Building literacy connections with graphic novels : page by page, panel by panel

The cartoon history of the modern world. Part 1, From Columbus to the U.S. Constitution

Classics and comics

Comics, manga, and graphic novels : a history of graphic narratives

Encyclopedia of comic books and graphic novels

Folklore & fairy tale funnies

The graphic novel: an introduction

Graphic novels : a bibliographic guide to book-length comics

Graphic novels : a genre guide to comic books, manga, and more

Graphic novels : everything you need to know

Graphic storytelling and visual narrative : principles and practices from the legendary cartoonist

History of the DC universe

Homeland : the illustrated history of the state of Israel

Huckleberry Finn 

Hundreds of feet below daylight : the life and death of the mining town of Solomon's Gulch, Idaho as recorded

Inside out : portrait of an eating disorder

The librarian's guide to graphic novels for adults

The librarian's guide to graphic novels for children and tweens

Love and marriage

Malcolm X : a graphic biography

Outlaw : the legend of Robin Hood, a graphic novel


A people's history of American empire : a graphic adaptation


The plot : the secret story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion

The power of comics : history, form and culture

Psychiatric tales : eleven graphic stories about mental illness

Representing multiculturalism in comics and graphics novels

Ronald Reagan : a graphic biography

The Sandman

The story of my life

Students for a Democratic Society : a graphic history

Waltz with Bashir : a Lebanon war story


Will Eisner: champion of the graphic novel

The wind in the willows



Scanners are available on the first and ground floors. Users can scan to their email or their flash drive for free. You cannot print from the scanners. There are 3 printers on the main floor that allow you to scan, copy and print. One is located in the front lobby; one is located at the IT Help desk and the third is near the reference stacks. Scanning is free but printing is 5 cents for single side black and white and 8 cents for double-side. Color printing is 25 cents for single side and 40 cents for double side.

Hoot Loot card holders can add to their account from the Card Value Center in Buley Library which is located opposite the Check-out counter on the main floor.