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Call Numbers

  1. 1. Library of Congress Call Numbers<br />What they are and what they means<br />Carteret Community College Library<br />Content by Tara Guthrie<br />
  2. 2. What is a call number?<br />A call number is like an address. It tells us where a book or other item is located within the library.<br />
  3. 3. Where do call numbers appear?<br />They appear on the spine of the book and in the library’s online catalog.<br />The call number can be written from top to bottom (on the book’s spine), or from left to right (in the online catalog).<br />LB<br />2395<br />.C65<br />1991<br />LB2395 .C65 1991<br />
  4. 4. Why Library of Congress (LC)?<br />Nearly all academic libraries use the Library of Congress call number system.<br />This system uses a combination of letters and numbers to arrange materials on the shelf by subject.<br />
  5. 5. What do the call numbers mean?<br />Since LC arranges materials by subject, the first letter(s) represents the general subject area, and the first number represents a specific subject.<br />The third line represents the author’s name.<br />The last line is the year it was published.<br />
  6. 6. Which letter represents your subject of study?<br />A -- GENERAL WORKS  <br />B -- PHILOSOPHY. PSYCHOLOGY. RELIGION <br />C -- AUXILIARY SCIENCES OF HISTORY  <br />D -- WORLD HISTORY  <br />E -- HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS  <br />F -- HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS  <br />G -- GEOGRAPHY. ANTHROPOLOGY. RECREATION <br />H -- SOCIAL SCIENCES  <br />J -- POLITICAL SCIENCE  <br />K -- LAW  <br />L -- EDUCATION  <br />M -- MUSIC AND BOOKS ON MUSIC <br />N -- FINE ARTS  <br />P -- LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE  <br />Q -- SCIENCE  <br />R -- MEDICINE  <br />S -- AGRICULTURE  <br />T -- TECHNOLOGY <br />U -- MILITARY SCIENCE  <br />V -- NAVAL SCIENCE  <br />Z -- BIBLIOGRAPHY. LIBRARY SCIENCE<br />
  7. 7. How do I find a book on the shelf using an LC Call Number?<br />The first line of the call number begins with 1, 2, or 3 letters which correspond to a general subject. Read the letters alphabetically.<br />The second line may have 1 or more digits which correspond to a specific subject. Read this numerically as a whole number.<br />
  8. 8. Example<br />Read call numbers line by line:<br />Read the first line in alphabetical order:<br />A, B, BF, C, D, DE, DL, L, LA, LB…<br />Read the second line as a whole number:<br />1, 2, 3, 45, 100, 101, 1000, 1051, 200, 2430…<br />The third line is a combination of a letter and numbers. <br />Read the letter alphabetically. <br />Read the number as a decimal, e.g. .C65=.65 .C724 = .724<br />This is the year the book was published.<br />Chronological order: 1985, 1987, 1992, 2003…<br />LA<br />229<br />.L423<br />1993<br />
  9. 9. Finding a book on the shelf…<br />The third line is the trickiest part of the call number since it has a letter and numbers. Look for the letter alphabetically, and the number following the letter is treated as a decimal number. Look for it numerically as a decimal number.<br />See our video clip on “How to Find a Book on the Shelf” for a demonstration and more info.<br />
  10. 10. Why is this important to know?<br />Because books are arranged by subject, you can often find other helpful books on the same topic on the same shelf. <br />If you know the letters for your subject area, it gives you a starting place for browsing the shelves. <br />
  11. 11. What if there’s a “REF” in front of the Call Number?<br />If the letters “REF” are before the call number, this indicates it is a reference book in the Reference Section of the Library. <br />
  12. 12. “Oversize” at the end of a Call Number<br />Sometimes you will find a book in our Library Catalog with the word “Oversize” at the end of the call number. <br />These are books that are too large or too tall to stand up on the shelves.<br />These will be located laying on the bottom shelf of the section in which they would normally be shelved.<br />
  13. 13. Local Call Numbers<br />Some of our special collections do not have LC Call Numbers. These will have Local Call Numbers instead.<br />CCC Collections with Local Call Numbers:<br /><ul><li>Film Collection
  14. 14. Music CD Collection
  15. 15. Audio Book Collection
  16. 16. Popular Paperback Collection</li></li></ul><li>Local Call Numbers: Films and Music CDs<br />Film call numbers appear like this:<br />FILM 088 DVD 1999 (where DVD is the format of the movie)<br />Music CD (MCD) call numbers appear like this:<br />MCD 135 1999 (where 1999 is the year)<br />These items are all arranged in simple numerical order.<br />
  17. 17. Local Call Numbers:Audio Books and Paperbacks<br />Look for these items alphabetically in the appropriate collection.<br />Audio Book on Cassette (ABC):<br />ABC MOR THI 2001<br />Audio Book on CD (ABCD):<br />ABCD ALD NEV 2005<br />Paperback Book:<br />EVA ONE 1995<br />
  18. 18. You’re on your way!<br />

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