If you are not sure if your book is scholarly ("academic"), look for the following features:
Who is the author?
There are a couple of ways you could try to identify fiction (a novel or short story) that focuses on a particular subject, such as fear.
NoveList: (NOT available through KPU Library)
This database that lets you look for novels on a particular theme. It is available through many public libraries, including Surrey Public Library, Fraser Valley Regional Library, and Vancouver Public Library. You will need your public library card to access this database.
This is a user-created database of book recommendations. Includes all types of books, not just fiction. You can search by keyword (e.g. AGORAPHOBIA), but cannot then limit to only fiction.
These databases may help you to find articles and book chapters which have been written ABOUT a particular novel, poem, or short story. If you wanted to read the original work, you would need to look for it in a library catalogue.