Answered By: Amy Gilbert Last Updated: Jul 18, 2014 Views: 25
Search for a book in the catalog. Once you've found a title that you are interested in click on the title for more information. About half way down on the next page you'll find the book's call number and location.
- General Collection = 2nd Floor.
- Refrence = 1st floor by the computers.
- Reserves = At the Circulation desk (only available to students and faculty)
- Leisure = 1st floor in the Reading Room (by the fireplace)
- Ukiah = at our Ukiah campus, only availabel to Ukiah students and faculty
To locate the book on the shelf, look for the call number. You can think of a call number as a book's address on the shelf. The first line in a Library of Congress call number classifies the item by its subject according to the LC Classification System. The entire call number should be noted in order to locate the item.
- LC call numbers are first arranged alphabetically, according to the letter or letters at the beginning of the call number, which correspond to the subject matter of the item.
Example: Call numbers beginning with P are followed by PA, PB, PC, etc.
- Within the alphabetical section, books are arranged by the number(s) that follow. Notice that these numbers are regarded as whole numbers. For instance, PS 1200 comes after PS 345.
Example: QA 56 before QA 234 before QA 234.57 before QA 234.8
- The next lines are alphabetic, then numeric as a decimal. The numerical part of this section is a decimal number, not a whole number. Use alphabetical order first, then the decimal extension to put the call numbers in correct sequence. (A3113 would come before A4, because 0.3113 is smaller than 0.4.)
Example: HV 1431 .B7 before HV 1431 .B83 before HV 1431 .F25 before HV 1431 .F7
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