How do you find stuff in a library?

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How do you find stuff in a library?

  1. 1. HOW DO YOU FINDSTUFF IN A LIBRARY? Librarian Lays Down the Law
  2. 2. CALL NUMBERS Each item in the library (i.e., books, journals, DVDs, etc.) has aunique call number. A series of letters and numbers. The call number is taped to the front or side of an item. Also shown in the online library catalog.
  3. 3. PURPOSE OF CALL NUMBERS Indicates the books location in the library. The call number is like an address, telling you where an item islocated.
  4. 4. PURPOSE OF CALL NUMBERS A call number represents an items subject matter. Books written about the same subject have similar call numbers.This means they are grouped together on the shelf, making it easierfor users to browse materials owned by the library on a specific topicor in the same general subject area.
  5. 5. TYPES OF CALL NUMBERS Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) SuDocs (Superintendent of Documents) Library of Congress Classification (LCC or LC)
  6. 6. DEWEY DECIMAL CLASSIFICATION Used by most school and public libraries. These call numbers begin with Arabic numerals. • Example: 815 GRE
  7. 7. SUDOCS Stands for Superintendent of Documents. Used by libraries in the United States serving as federal depositories. These call numbers arrange materials by federal agency. They begin with letters from the English alphabet. The letters standfor the name of the issuing agency. • Example: A 13.3:IR 11 • A stands for Agriculture Department
  8. 8. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CLASSIFICATION Used by most academic and research libraries. The most common call number type is Library of Congress (LC). These call numbers begin with letters of the English alphabet. • Example: PN6112. G675 2002

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