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Instructional Module - Where Do I Find This Book (CUA Library)

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How to find a book in the stacks of Catholic University's Mullen Library.

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Instructional Module - Where Do I Find This Book (CUA Library)

  1. 1. Where Do I Find This Book? Locating Material in Mullen Library An Instructional Slideshow
  2. 2. Do you…? <ul><li>Find yourself overwhelmed by the stacks? </li></ul><ul><li>Find call numbers to be a foreign language? </li></ul><ul><li>Get lost in the stacks to the point where you are unable to find the exit? </li></ul>… then click ahead for survival tips
  3. 3. We Will Teach You: <ul><li>How to find a book’s call number </li></ul><ul><li>How to read the Library of Congress (LC) call number system </li></ul><ul><li>How to navigate the general stacks of Mullen Library </li></ul>
  4. 4. Step 1: Finding a call number <ul><li>First, log on to the library’s main webpage </li></ul><ul><li>http://libraries.cua.edu </li></ul>
  5. 5. Step 1: Finding a call number <ul><li>In the upper left corner search box, enter your selected search term (In this case, we will search by title.) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Step 1:Locating a call number <ul><li>You can also click “Advanced Search” and search by other features </li></ul>
  7. 7. Step 1: Locating a call number <ul><li>After you search, a list of titles will be displayed – find the one you want </li></ul>The call number (and location) is located below the title of the item you want
  8. 8. Step 1: Locating a call number <ul><li>If you click on the title, the detailed item page will appear </li></ul>The call number and location are also here
  9. 9. Step 2: Reading the call number <ul><li>The Library of Congress (LC) call number is a shorthand system. With a few rules in mind, it can be easily mastered. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Step 2: Reading the call number <ul><li>Books in the library are shelved according to their LC call number </li></ul><ul><li>The call number is located on a label attached to the book’s spine or front cover </li></ul><ul><li>A call number denotes two things: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In what section of the library a book is shelved </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where that book is located in relation to other books in that section of the library </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Step 2: Reading the call number <ul><li>An LC call number looks like this: </li></ul>BR 1433 .A16 1952 <ul><li>Or this: </li></ul>Per. JK 1286 .G82 E5 <ul><li>Or this: </li></ul>QA 12 .L7658 T7 2007
  12. 12. Step 2: Reading the call number <ul><li>The LC call number is created with a few lines of letters and numbers </li></ul>Per. JK 1286 .G82 E5 Library Location (If blank, the item is in the general stacks) Class Number Cutter Number <ul><li>LC call numbers are read top to bottom and left to right </li></ul>
  13. 13. Step 2: Reading the call number <ul><li>Rule #1: Nothing Comes Before Something </li></ul>B 1433 BD 1433 BX 1433 BXZ 1433 B 1 B 14 B 143 B 1433 Or the second line… On the first line… Or anywhere in the call number
  14. 14. Step 2: Reading the call number <ul><li>Rule #2: Books are arranged in alphabetical order by their first line </li></ul>B 789 BQ 154 BQZ 1433 BXZ 1433 Single letters before double letters and double letters before triple letters
  15. 15. Step 2: Reading the call number <ul><li>Rule #3: When the letters on the first line are the same, the books are shelved by the numbers on the second line </li></ul>B 1 B 14 B 143 B 1433 Sometimes the number has a decimal point. Numbers after the decimal point are treated as decimal numbers. B 10 B 10.543 B 10.55 B 10.565
  16. 16. Step 2: Reading the call number <ul><li>Rule #4: If the Class Numbers are the same, compare the Cutter Numbers </li></ul>B 143 .R2 B 143 .S25 B 143 .V3 B 143 .W77 If the first letters in the cutter number are the same, treat all following letters and numbers as if there were decimals. B 143 .R2 B 143 .R225 B 143 .R25 B 143 .R29
  17. 17. Step 2: Reading the call number <ul><li>Pop Quiz! Try putting these call numbers in order </li></ul>BD 111 .Z16 HA 29 .G57 H 62 .V3 B 56 .R32 QK 571 .T565 P 73 .W778 PR 835 .F2 P 73 .W77
  18. 18. Step 2: Reading the call number <ul><li>If you got this order… Congratulations! You are an LC call number reader. </li></ul>B 143 .W77 BD 111 .Z16 H 62 .V3 HA 29 .G57 P 73 .W77 P 73 .W778 PR 835 .F2 QK 571 .T565
  19. 19. Step 3: Navigating the Library <ul><li>Now that you’ve found your book’s call number and mastered the LC call number system, it’s time to find your item in the library </li></ul>
  20. 20. Step 3: Navigating the Library <ul><li>The stacks of Mullen Library are composed of six floors (1, 1A, 2, 2A, 3, 3A) </li></ul><ul><li>“ A” floors are half floors and have no direct access to the rest of the library </li></ul>
  21. 21. Step 3: Navigating the Library <ul><li>Each floor is split into 3 rooms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>North (Faces the Pryzbyla Center) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>South (Faces Michigan Avenue) </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Step 3: Navigating the Library <ul><li>The books in the general stacks are arranged in LC call number order from the top floor (3A) to Floor 1A </li></ul><ul><li>Periodicals (Per.) and Folios are located on Floor 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Juvenile and Popular Reading are located in special rooms on the 2 nd Floor </li></ul>
  23. 23. Step 3: Navigating the Library
  24. 24. Step 3: Navigating the Library <ul><li>In case you find yourself turned around in the stacks </li></ul><ul><li>“ You Are Here” signs can be found in each room </li></ul>
  25. 25. Step 3: Navigating the Library <ul><li>Flyers with the call number ranges for each room are at the Information Desk </li></ul><ul><li>A downloadable flyer </li></ul><ul><li>is also available for </li></ul><ul><li>print online </li></ul>
  26. 26. Step 3: Navigating the Library <ul><li>Once you are in the stacks, each set of bookcases has a range label telling which call numbers can be found in that aisle </li></ul>
  27. 27. Step 3: Navigating the Library <ul><li>Read the labels on the spines of the books until you find where your chosen title is shelved </li></ul>
  28. 28. Step 3: Navigating the Library <ul><li>Using your new found call number reading skills, you should be able to find your book </li></ul>
  29. 29. Step 3: Navigating the Library <ul><li>Victory! </li></ul>
  30. 30. Step 4: Troubleshooting <ul><li>What if my book is gone? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Another patron could be using it (This happens a lot when the book has been assigned in a class) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It has been wrongly shelved (Check the rest of the shelf, it could be nearby) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is just plain missing (Big Foot took it… see the next page for details ) </li></ul></ul>
  31. 31. Step 4: Troubleshooting <ul><li>If your book is missing you can: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Visit the Stacks Office located on the first floor (by the Microfilm area) and have a staff member help you search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Submit a “Search Request” at the Circulation Desk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Order the book online from another WRLC school </li></ul></ul>
  32. 32. Step 5: Finishing School <ul><li>Once you have your books, head to the Circulation Desk and check them out to your student account </li></ul>Good luck with your research!
  33. 33. More Information <ul><li>A virtual tour of Mullen Library </li></ul><ul><li>Printable Map of the General Stacks </li></ul><ul><li>Printable Map of Mullen Library </li></ul>
  34. 34. Questions? <ul><li>Visit the website </li></ul><ul><li>Call the Information Desk at 202-319-5070 </li></ul><ul><li>IM the Library </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail a Question or Suggestion </li></ul><ul><li>Or just visit in person </li></ul>

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