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Introduction to Library Resources: Books

This guide will teach you how to find credible and reliable sources for your research projects.

Looking for a Textbook?

Instructors put textbooks, journal articles and media in the Library for student use. Most course reserve material can be checked out for 2 hours. Go to the Checkout desk to get these materials.

Search the course reserves.

Finding Books and More - Library Catalog

Search the Library Catalog:
 

 

Use the Library Catalog to find:

  • books
  • ebooks
  • streaming video
  • government documents
  • magazines, journals, and newspapers
  • course reserves

How to Read Call Numbers

Books are arranged on the shelves by call number. The Library of Congress Classification system uses alphabetical letters for organizing books. Most colleges and universities use this system. Each book has a unique call number on the label on the outside of the book.

Using call numbers to arrange the books groups books about the same subject together. Even if the book you want is missing, just look around—there may be another book on the same subject nearby. To find a book on the shelf you must “read” all of the lines of the call number.

EXAMPLE:

QH
581.2
.C83

-> First, letters are arranged alphabetically
-> This line is arranged by numbers beginning with the lowest
-> This line is arranged alphabetically and numerically preceeded by a decimal.

An example of how books appear on the shelf.

Q
121
.B86
2000

QA
5
.D69
2009

QH
45
.B35
1990

QH
45.2
.B32
1999

QH
366.2
.S4945
2009