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# Finding an Item on the shelf

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## Finding an Item on the shelfPresentation Transcript

• Finding an Item on the Shelf
• To find an item
• you will need…
• the location,
• the call number
• and possibly a map of the library.
• Note: make sure status says available.
• Use the location and map to determine the correct floor and general area.
• Use the call number and signage on the end caps to proceed to the correct aisle.
• How to read a call number…
• Parts of a Call Number QL 681 .S495 2001
• What is it?
• letter(s) determine subject area and subclass
• first letter is subject: Q = science
• second letter is subclass: QL = zoology
• These letters are arranged alphabetically.
• Q before QL before QR
• Parts of a Call Number QL 681 .S495 2001
• What is it?
• number that narrows subclass
• These numbers are arranged as whole numbers .
• QL QL QL
• 98.6 before 681 before 1193
• Parts of a Call Number QL 681 .S495 2001
• What is it?
• cutter - a decimal followed by a letter and number
• narrows subject or specifies author
• The cutter is arranged alphabetically then decimally .
• QL QL QL
• 681 681 681
• .S3913 before .S495 before .S8
• Parts of a Call Number QL 681 .S495 2001
• What is it?
• Copy number, volume number, year, or additional cutter
• The arrangement…
• Copy and volume numbers: sequentially
• Then year
• Then cutter (rules on previous slide)
• QL QL QL
• 681 681 681
• .S495 .S495 .S495
• before 2001 before G8
• Read the call number to determine the location on shelf.
• Voila!
• Disclaimer: the library is not perfect and occasionally items may be shelved incorrectly.
• If you cannot find what you are looking for, please go to the Information desk for assistance.
• How to find a periodical.
• Journals are alphabetical by title
• Then shelved oldest to newest
• The most recent issue will be in the “current periodicals” section