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First Year Students

This is a Research Guide for First Year students

What are Call Numbers?

A call number is the "address" of a library book. It identifies the shelf location of the library book.

The call number of the book is usually located on the spine of the book. 

Library materials are organized by subject area, but these subjects are arranged on the shelf by its call number.

Library call numbers can be broken down into the following four parts

  1. letters (that designate its broad subject)
  2. numbers (that further narrow down its subject)
  3. cutter number (a number and letter combination that designates the author)
  4. year (the year the book was published)

 

Example:

Title of book: Religious transformation in Western society : the end of happiness 

Author: Ferguson, Harvie

Call Number: BL65.H36F47 1991

BL The double letters are for the subclass, Religion, mythology, rationalism.
65 This number is for Religion, in relation to other subjects
.H36 The first cutter number for the topic Happiness
F47 The second cutter number is for the main entry of the author's last name Ferguson
1991 This is the year of publication

Library of Congress Call Number System

A General Works

B Philosophy and Religion

BF Psychology

C History

D History (Old World)

DA Great Britain

DS Asia

DT Africa

E American History (U.S.)

F American History (Local and Canada, Mexico and Latin America)

G Geography, Anthropology, and Folklore

GV Sports

H Social Science

HF Commerce

HQ Family, Marriage, Home

HV Social Problems J Political Science

JK United States

K Law

L Education

M Music

ML Literature of Music

N Fine Arts

P Language and Literature

PQ Romance Literature

PS American Literature

Q Science QA Mathematics

QM Human Anatomy

R Medicine

S Agriculture

T Technology

U Military Science

V Naval Science

Z Bibliography and Library Science