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How to Read A Call Number
How to Read A Call Number
How to Read A Call Number
How to Read A Call Number
How to Read A Call Number
How to Read A Call Number
How to Read A Call Number
How to Read A Call Number
How to Read A Call Number
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How to Read A Call Number

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  • 1. Hoffman Family LibraryGoodwin College
  • 2. Call number and other informationis found at the bottom of thecatalog record in KOHA
  • 3. First, check thelocation of the item(ie. Fiction, Reference,Reserves)
  • 4. Next, please checkto make sure theitem is available bylooking at thestatus
  • 5. Write down the callnumber and makenote of the title – youwill need both tolocate the item on theshelf
  • 6. Click on “Browse Shelf”if you want to virtuallysearch the shelves
  • 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. The call number thatyou find in the onlinecatalog correspondsto the call the numberon the spine of thebook
  • 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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