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Comics, Graphic Novels, and Manga: Graphic Novel Research

Researching Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and Manga

This page is dedicated to helping you do research on the topics of graphic novels, comic books, and manga.

On this page you will find:

  • A link to our library catalog along with some helpful tips and tricks to keep in mind when searching our graphic novel materials.
  • Links to websites focused on creating citations for comic books, graphic novels, and manga.
  • Preset database searches for comic book, graphic novel, and manga related articles.
  • A list of scholarly books related to comic books, graphic novels, and manga.

These resources can also be found on our Library Resources page.

When you are not on campus and try to use the databases, you will be prompted for a username and password. If you do not know these and are a Schoolcraft student, then give the library a call and we will provide you with the information you need. 

Our phone number is:  (734) 462-4440

Catalog Search (w/ Tips and Tricks)

Use the library's catalog to search for graphic novels, manga, and more!

Tips to keep in mind when searching:

1) Searching for "graphic novel", "comics", or "manga" under the Key Word or Subject criteria will not always give you the best results.

2) Instead, if you are searching for graphic novels, manga, or related materials available in our library's collection, then use one or more of the following Congress Subject Headings:

  • Comic Books, strips, etc.
  • Graphic novels
  • Cartooning
  • Cartoonist

3) As you explore our holdings, you'll discover more specific Subject Headings, such as: 

  • Comic books, strips, etc--Superheroes
  • Comic books, strips, etc.--Friendship
  • Comic books, strips, etc.--History and criticism
  • Comic books, strips, etc.--Physics

These help narrow the focus of the search and can be helpful if you have a specific topic or genre you're interested in exploring. If you want to know all of the Subject Headings for a particular item in our catalog, then click the Catalog Record tab in the item's record. You can click on one of the Subject Headings and it will bring up a list of all the other items in the library that have the same Subject Heading.

Citing Graphic Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and Manga

Off Campus Library Database Access

Schoolcraft students, faculty, and staff can access library databases from off-campus through Blackboard by clicking the “Organizations” tab. Go to

Databases (w/ Preset Searches for Graphic Novel Related Materials)

Comic Book, Graphic Novel, and Manga Scholarly Materials

Ask a Librarian

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Kristin Keyes
Bradner Library
734-462-4400 x 5315