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Library Basic Research (ENG 101/103, SPH 131)  

Basic introduction to library use and the research process
Last Updated: Jul 24, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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How Are Books Organized?

Library of Congress Classification System

    • The Library of Congress classification system organizes books by broad subject area.

    • Each item is assigned a call number, which is like the book's address.

    • Each call number begins with a letter or multiple letters, followed by numbers and additional combinations

  • The beginning letters of a call number represent a broad subject area (e.g., LC is "Education") and the numbers following represent a specific topic within that subject area (e.g., LC1037.5 is "Career education"). The rest of the call number identifies the specific book.

How Do I Search for Books?


Library Directory

First Floor

Periodicals (magazines, journals, newspapers)
Music CDs
Videos (DVD & VHS) (request at Circulation Desk)
Reserves (request at Circulation Desk)

Second Floor

General Stacks (circulating books)
Children's Section (circulating books)


Library Floor Plans


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