Quick Guide to Library Locations
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Think Broadly. Remember to think broadly when searching for books - that is, to realize that your specific topic will probably be treated in books that cover a broader subject.
Once you find a book relevant to your topic, use the subject headings to help you find more.
Need help navigating the catalogs?
These tutorials will show you how to use the Library's various research tools, such as the Library Catalog, the Universal Catalog, the Journal Locator, and GALILEO.
The book's call number is like its address on the shelf.
Read call numbers line by line.
LB1025 .N456 2008
Read the first line in alphabetical order:
A, B, BF, C, D... L, LA, LB, LC, M, ML...
Read the second line as a whole number:
1, 2, 3, 45, 100, 101, 1000, 1025, 2000, 2430...
The third line is a combination of a letter and numbers. Read the letter alphabetically. Read the number as a decimal, eg:
.N456 = .456 .C724 = .724
Some call numbers have more than one combination letter-number line.
The last line is the year the book was published. Read in chronological order:
1985, 1991, 1992, 2008...
Here is a shelf of books with the call number order explained.
Adapted from USG: Online Library Learning Center
Using AND/OR/NOT (Boolean Search Operators)
Use AND to focus search and combine different aspects of your topic.
Example: global warming and agriculture
Use OR to expand your search and find synonyms/related terms.
Example: global warming or greenhouse effect
Use NOT to exclude a word or phrase from your search
Example: hurricanes not north carolina