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Finding items in the library requires going to the library home page where you will find the library's catalog and lists of the library's research databases. Both of these are tools for finding sources.

There are different systems to place items in order or arrange them on the shelves.

Books in the general stacks are arranged by Call Number. The Library of Congress Classification System is used. Here is a sample call number   Z 711.2 . B66  2011

Books in popular fiction are arranged by author's last name or arranged by the alphabet. For example, a book called Trouble on Cloud City by Kevin J. Anderson would be filed in the A's. The Call Number is ANDERS for Anderson and the location is Popular Fiction.

Periodicals are arranged on the shelves by the title of the publication. In this system, the magazine's title is used to put this area in order. For example, a magazine called Discover is placed on the shelves before Ebony.  But Discover would be after Bloomberg's Business Week.

Think more about finding items by considering several questions. At the bottom of this page,  an online quiz asks for your answers.    

6. Which of the following would be arranged by call number?

a. a book in the general stacks     b. a periodical called Journal of Accountancy  c. a paperback by Kevin J. Anderson called Champions of the Force.

7. In the periodicals section, you found an item called JEMS (Journal of Emergency Medical Services). If you told someone else how to find it, would you say that periodicals are arranged by

a. author's last name  b. publication title  c. call number 

8. In the library catalog, you got results as shown in the following screenshot: Results from Library CatalogResults from Library Catalog

Why do these items include the phrase "No call number"? Choose the most complete answer.

a. Call Numbers are unlisted by request   b. Periodicals are arranged by the title   c.  you do not find

    journals using a call number

 

Take an online quiz here

 

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