What sort of information do you organize?How do you determine what goes where?
Each group will receive 16 notecards withbook titles on them Sort the book titles into topics/subjects thatyou think go together You come up with what topics you think areuseful
What sorts of topics did you organize yourbook titles into? What books were sorted into each topic?Were there any disagreements about whereto put them? Did some of the books seem like they couldfit under multiple topics?
Different people can have differentinterpretations about what the subject of abook is In order to keep their collections asorganized as possible, librarians usecontrolled systems to determine what goeswhere. Academic libraries like at Mizzou useLibrary of Congress Library of Congress sorts books two ways:call numbers and subject headings
Every book in the library is assigned a uniquestring of letters and numbers called a callnumber Since no books share a call number, theywork as an address to help you locate aparticular book in the library
Take a few minutes and complete thefollowing tutorial (link available in CourseMaterials)http://www.clark.edu/Library/iris/start/books_organized/books_organized.shtml
DP269 .C373 2013First letter: ClassSecond letter:SubclassNumbers beforedecimal: secondsubclassLetter and numbersimmediately after decimal:Represents the author Last numbers:Year of publicationCall number for: A Short History of the Spanish Civil War
So, let’s look at the call number from lastslide: DP269 .C373 2013. The first section of a call number (DP269)describes what a book is about. First letter is a class, or broad topic. D signifiesWorld History & History of Europe, Asia, Africa,Australia, New Zealand, etc. Second letter is a subclass. It is a more narrowtopic. P means it is about Spain-Portugal The number is an even narrower topic. Anything269-269.9 is about the Spanish Civil War
Since call number are assigned partiallybased on what the book is about and booksare placed in the library based on callnumbers, books on similar topics are locatednear each other Therefore, if you find one good book on yourtopic, it’s likely there is another one nearby
So the call numbers represent a way ofdescribing the subject of a book. But what ifthe book could be described multiple ways? Subject headings are alternate ways toidentify what a book is about. Unlike a callnumber, a book can have more than onesubject heading
The subject headings given to a book are notrandom. There is a set list of terms thatlibrarians pick from when trying to describe abook. Sometimes the official term isdifferent from the term you are likely to use. So, your topic is the death penalty. However,there is no LC heading for “death penalty.”The vocabulary used in LC is “capitalpunishment.” This is why it’s good to startwith a keyword search: it helps you find thesubject headings that are actually used.
When you have a long research project (andyou do), you need to keep track of whatresources you are using Especially if you are working on more than one There are many ways to do this (MicrosoftWord, written notes), there is specializedsoftware designed to organize your resourcesand keep track of them
Assignment: Identifying Subjects by CallNumber We will be meeting in Ellis Library at thereference desk Bring your student ID and a list of the booksyou found on your topic so that you cancheck them out
Go to the BlackBoard page In the left column find and click on the tabthat says “Exit Slips” Click on the link that says “Exit Slip:Organization of Information Fill out the survey on this week’s lesson