Reading Call Numbers

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  • Reading Call Numbers

    1. 1. Koichi Inoue<br />(Subject Librarian, Humanities & Social Sciences)<br />Reading Call Numbers<br />
    2. 2. Call numbers<br />Each library item has a unique number attached.<br />Items are shelved according to the number.<br />VUW library uses Library of Congress Classification (LCC).<br />LCC is alphanumeric, meaning?<br />
    3. 3. Library of Congress Classification (LLC)<br />
    4. 4. How to read LCC<br />Ex. PQ6663 A7218 H613 2003<br />
    5. 5. How to read LCC<br />Ex. PQ6663 A7218 H613 2003<br />First pay attention to the alphabets. PQ is under P section.<br /> N – Fine Arts<br /> P – Language and Literature<br /> Q – Science <br />
    6. 6. How to read LCC<br />Ex. PQ6663 A7218 H613 2003<br />First pay attention to the alphabets. PQ is under P section.<br />Under P section, there are PD, PN, PS, etc.<br />PQ is after PN before PR.<br /> PN – Literature (General)<br /> PQ – French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese Literature<br /> PR – English Literature<br />
    7. 7. How to read LCC<br />Ex. PQ6663 A7218 H613 2003<br />First pay attention to the alphabets. PQ is under P section.<br />Under P section, there are PD, PN, PS, etc.<br />PQ is after PN before PR.<br />Once you get to the right section, read the numbers.<br />Ex. 6663 is after 6662 before 6664.<br />If the first line is the same, start reading the second line.<br />
    8. 8. Can you sort these call numbers?<br />1. PN1995 B134 H556<br />2. P1995 C456 S1345<br />3. PS1992 D564 V98<br />4. PS1991.2 S987 V154<br />5. P1995 C45 S134<br />
    9. 9. Can you sort these call numbers?<br />5. P1995 C45 S134<br />
    10. 10. Can you sort these call numbers?<br />5. P1995 C45 S134<br />2. P1995 C456 S1345 <br />
    11. 11. Can you sort these call numbers?<br />5. P1995 C45 S134<br />2. P1995 C456 S1345 <br />1. PN1995 B134 H556<br />
    12. 12. Can you sort these call numbers?<br />5. P1995 C45 S134<br />2. P1995 C456 S1345 <br />1. PN1995 B134 H556<br />4. PS1991.2 S987 V154<br />
    13. 13. Can you sort these call numbers?<br />5. P1995 C45 S134<br />2. P1995 C456 S1345 <br />1. PN1995 B134 H556<br />4. PS1991.2 S987 V154<br />3. PS1992 D564 V98<br />
    14. 14. Any question? Ask a Librarian!<br />

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