Tutorial: ENGL110

Call Numbers

Once you locate an item that looks useful to you, how do you go about finding it in the Library?

The first step is to record the book’s call number.  Each book has a unique number which acts as its address on the shelves. The call numbers group books together based upon their subject.  This means that if you find one good book on your topic, you are likely to find others on the same or similar topics right next to that book on the shelves.

The first letter(s) in the call number are alphabetical:

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The first letter(s) in the call number are alphabetical.

The second part of the call number is numerical.  A book marked P986 would be found between P985 and P987:

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The second part of the call number is numerical.  A book marked P986 would be found between P985 and P987.

The third part of the call number begins with a decimal point.  It is a combination of a letter and a number.  The letters are read alphabetically, but the numbers are read as decimals rather than whole numbers:

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The third part of the call number begins with a decimal point.  It is a combination of a letter and a number.  The letters are read alphabetically, but the numbers are read as decimals rather than whole numbers.

There are maps all throughout the library to help you locate the area of the building in which your book is housed.  If you need help, just ask at the Reference Desk!

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