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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.
PURPOSE OF CALL NUMBERS Indicates the books location in the library. The call number is like an address, telling you where an item islocated.
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.
TYPES OF CALL NUMBERS Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) SuDocs (Superintendent of Documents) Library of Congress Classification (LCC or LC)
DEWEY DECIMAL CLASSIFICATION Used by most school and public libraries. These call numbers begin with Arabic numerals. • Example: 815 GRE
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
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