Finding an Item on the shelf

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Finding an Item on the shelf

  1. 1. Finding an Item on the Shelf
  2. 2. To find an item
  3. 3. you will need…
  4. 4. the location,
  5. 5. the call number
  6. 6. and possibly a map of the library.
  7. 7. Note: make sure status says available.
  8. 8. Use the location and map to determine the correct floor and general area.
  9. 9. Use the call number and signage on the end caps to proceed to the correct aisle.
  10. 10. How to read a call number…
  11. 11. Parts of a Call Number QL 681 .S495 2001 <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>letter(s) determine subject area and subclass </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>first letter is subject: Q = science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>second letter is subclass: QL = zoology </li></ul></ul><ul><li>These letters are arranged alphabetically. </li></ul><ul><li>Q before QL before QR </li></ul>
  12. 12. Parts of a Call Number QL 681 .S495 2001 <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>number that narrows subclass </li></ul></ul><ul><li>These numbers are arranged as whole numbers . </li></ul><ul><li>QL QL QL </li></ul><ul><li>98.6 before 681 before 1193 </li></ul>
  13. 13. Parts of a Call Number QL 681 .S495 2001 <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>cutter - a decimal followed by a letter and number </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>narrows subject or specifies author </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The cutter is arranged alphabetically then decimally . </li></ul><ul><li>QL QL QL </li></ul><ul><li>681 681 681 </li></ul><ul><li>.S3913 before .S495 before .S8 </li></ul>
  14. 14. Parts of a Call Number QL 681 .S495 2001 <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Copy number, volume number, year, or additional cutter </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The arrangement… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Copy and volume numbers: sequentially </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Then year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Then cutter (rules on previous slide) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>QL QL QL </li></ul><ul><li>681 681 681 </li></ul><ul><li>.S495 .S495 .S495 </li></ul><ul><li>before 2001 before G8 </li></ul>
  15. 15. Read the call number to determine the location on shelf.
  16. 16. Voila! <ul><li>Disclaimer: the library is not perfect and occasionally items may be shelved incorrectly. </li></ul><ul><li>If you cannot find what you are looking for, please go to the Information desk for assistance. </li></ul>
  17. 17. How to find a periodical. <ul><li>Journals are alphabetical by title </li></ul><ul><li>Then shelved oldest to newest </li></ul><ul><li>The most recent issue will be in the “current periodicals” section </li></ul>
  18. 18. Please ask for assistance when looking for… <ul><li>microfiche </li></ul><ul><li>government documents </li></ul><ul><li>curriculum materials </li></ul>
  19. 19. Related Slideshows <ul><li>How to Renew Items </li></ul><ul><li>Search Tips </li></ul><ul><li>Preferred Searches </li></ul>

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