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Howto read call numbers

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How to Read Call Numbers

How to Read Call Numbers

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  • 1. 1 Search the online catalog to locate information about your topic  To locate an item on the shelf, write down the entire call number e.g., E835 .T44 2012  Always check the item status e.g., “On Shelf, Checked Out, Closed Stacks or Library Use Only”  Write down the collection name: Examples: General Collection, Reference, African- American, DVD, Delaware, Education or Juvenile
  • 2. 2 Library of Congress classification system:  Gives each item in the collection a unique location on the shelf  Shelves items on related subjects together About Browsing: Because the system is designed to bring items on similar subjects together, you can browse in a specific call number area to find information on a subject. Note: Browsing is a popular information-finding strategy, but it has drawbacks that affect the quality and quantity of information found. Browsing should be used as a supplement to finding books by using the Library of Congress subject headings in the catalog. General Collections A-H Third Floor J–P Fourth Floor Q–Z Fifth Floor
  • 3. 3 General Collections A-H Third Floor J–P Fourth Floor Q–Z Fifth Floor JK 2081 .L562 2010 JK 2184 .M56 2011 JK 2281 .L56 2011 JK 2281.5 .L516 2012 2. Write down the location, collection, and call number Ex: Jason Library General JK2281 .L56 2011 1. Search the Online catalog to locate library materials 3. Search the shelves to locate the book
  • 4. 4 General Collections A-H Third Floor J–P Fourth Floor Q–Z Fifth Floor KF 208 .L52 2010 KF 284 .M56 2011 KF 221 .L26 2009 KF 228 .R59 H85 2010 2. Write down the location, collection, and call number Ex: Jason Library General KF228 .R59 H85 2010 3. Search the shelves to locate the book 1. Search the Online catalog to locate library materials
  • 5. 5 General Collections A-H Third Floor J– P Fourth Floor Q–Z Fifth Floor 2. Write down the location, collection, and call number Ex: Jason Library Reference E185 .G27 2011 REF E 185 .A327 2000 REF E 185 .G27 2011 REF E 185.6 .L56 2011 3. Search the shelves to locate the book 1. Search the Online catalog to locate library materials
  • 6. 6 General Collections A-H Third Floor J–P Fourth Floor Q–Z Fifth Floor 2. Write down the collection, location and call number Ex: Education Library African American JUV ML3930 .W65 H4 EDU BLACK JUV ML 3930 .W65 H4 EDU BLACK JUV ML 3935 .R65 2011 EDU BLACK JUV ML 3935 .R651 H4 1. Search the Online catalog to locate library materials 3. Search the shelves to locate the book
  • 7. Self Check Kiosk  Visit us in the library, 1st floor for general reference, specialized or in-depth research assistance  Reference librarians are also available to assist you via askref@desu.edu and Virtual Chat http://www.desu.edu/library  Contact the circulation desk for online book renewals, login problems and overdue fines 302-857-6191