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Tips for Finding Books on the Shelf

Anatomy of a Library of Congress Call Number                                                    

Book title:        Uncensored War: The Media and Vietnam
Author:           Daniel C. Hallin

Call Number in Catalog: DS559.46 .H35 1986

            The first line describes the general subject area:
                    DS =  History of Asia
            The second line describes the specific subject of the book:
                    559.45 = Vietnamese Conflict
            The third line often represents the author's last name:
                    H35 = Hallin
            The last line represents the date of publication:
                    1986

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If the call number is: LB2395.C65 1991…..

     Read call numbers line by line.

     LB
     Read the first line in alphabetical order:
     A, B, BF, C, D... L, LA, LB, LC, M, ML...

     2395
     Read the second line as a whole number:
     1, 2, 3, 45, 100, 101, 1000, 2000, 2430, 2395, 2578…

     .C65
     The third line is a combination of a letter and numbers. Read the letter alphabetically. Read
     the number as a decimal, eg:        
     .C65 =  C  then .65
     Some call numbers have more than one combination letter/decimal number line

     1991
     The last line is the year the book was published. Read in chronological order:
     1985, 1991, 1992...

 

Library of Congress Classification Outline

Listed below are the letters and titles of the main classes of the Library of Congress Classification. Go to: Library of Congress Classification Outline at http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/lcco/ for more detail.

 

A

   General Works -- includes encyclopedias, almanacs, indexes

B-BJ

   Philosophy, Psychology

BL-  BX

   Religion

C

   History -- includes archaeology, genealogy, biography

D

   History -- general and eastern hemisphere

E-F

   History -- America (western hemisphere)

G

   Geography, Maps, Anthropology, Recreation

H

   Social Science

J

   Political Science

K

   Law (general)

KD

   Law of the United Kingdom and Ireland

KE

   Law of Canada

KF

   Law of the United States

L

   Education

M

   Music

N

   Fine Arts -- includes architecture, sculpture, painting, drawing

P-PA

   General Philosophy and Linguistics, Classical Languages, and Literature

PB-PH

   Modern European Languages

PG

   Russian Literature

PJ-PM

   Languages and Literature of Asia, Africa, Oceania, American Indian Languages,    
   and Artificial Languages

PN-PZ

   General Literature, English and American Literature, Fiction in English, and       

   Juvenile Literature

PQ

   French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese Literature

PT

   German, Dutch, and Scandinavian Literature

Q

   Science -- includes physical and biological sciences, math, computers

R

   Medicine -- includes health and human sexuality

S

   Agriculture

T

   Technology -- includes engineering, auto mechanics, photography, home economics   

U

   Military Science

V

   Naval Science

Z

   Bibliography, Library Science

 

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