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Books at most academic libraries, including CSI Library, are shelved by call numbers based on the Library of Congress Classification System. This system organizes books according to subject, so those on the same topic have similar call numbers and are usually located near each other. This makes it easy for you to browse the shelves for books about a specific topic/subject. Letters of the English alphabet are used to represent 21 broad subjects (see table on the right).
Every book in the library has a unique call number. A call number is like an address in that it tells you where the book is located in the library. Call numbers appear on the spine of the book, and in the library online catalog when you look for books using FirstSearch or Find Books on the library homepage.
Reading Call Numbers: Let's look at the call number:
LB2395. C65. 1991. The title of the book is: What You Need to Know About Developing Study Skills, Taking Notes and Tests, Using Dictionaries and Libraries written by Coman, Marcia J.
The first 2 lines describe the subject of the book. LB2395 = methods of study in higher education. The 3rd line often represents the author's last name: .C65 = Coman, and the last line is the year the book was published: 1991 = year of publication.
|B||Philosophy, Psychology, and Religion|
|C||Auxiliary Sciences of History|
|D||General and Old World History|
|E||History of America|
|F||History of the United States and British, Dutch, French, and Latin America|
|G||Geography, Anthropology, and Recreation|
|P||Language and Literature|
|Z||Bibliography, Library Science, and General Information Resources|