How to Read A Call Number

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How to Read A Call Number

  1. 1. Hoffman Family LibraryGoodwin College
  2. 2. Call number and other informationis found at the bottom of thecatalog record in KOHA
  3. 3. First, check thelocation of the item(ie. Fiction, Reference,Reserves)
  4. 4. Next, please checkto make sure theitem is available bylooking at thestatus
  5. 5. Write down the callnumber and makenote of the title – youwill need both tolocate the item on theshelf
  6. 6. Click on “Browse Shelf”if you want to virtuallysearch the shelves
  7. 7. The call number is an address for a book -each piece provides valuable information -much like the house number and zip code partof an address.Library of Congress Classification Outline - Main ClassesA: General WorksB: Philsophy, Psychology, ReligionC: Auxiliary Sciences of HistoryD: History-General & Eastern HemisphersE-F: History-Western HemisphereG: Geography, Anthropology, RecreationH: Social SciencesJ: Political SciencesK: LawL: EducationM: MusicN: Fine ArtsP: Language & LiteratureQ: Sciences & MathematicsR: MedicineS: AgriculatureT: TechnologyU: Military ScienceV: Naval ScienceZ: History of Books, Library Science,Bibliography
  8. 8. The call number thatyou find in the onlinecatalog correspondsto the call the numberon the spine of thebook
  9. 9. The Hoffman Family Library uses the Libraryof Congress Classification for call numbers.This system uses a combination of lettersand numbers and is arranged by subject.Call Numbers are read line by line1. First line is read in alphabetical order: A, B, BJ, C,D, . . . L, LA, LB, LC . . .2. The second line is read as a whole number: 1, 2,3. . .160, 1000, 1600. . .3. The third line is a combination of letters andnumbers. The letter is read alphabetically andthe number is read as a decimal. For example:.M3 = .3 . . . .S39 = .394. The last set of numbers represents the year thebook was published and is read in chronologicalorder: 1990, 1991, 1992. . . 2003. . .

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