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ENGL B1A: Contemporary Issues: Finding Books

For Justin Bell's ENGL B1A

General Books

Call Numbers and Finding Books on the Shelf

Call Number= the address of the book on its spine

The signs on the end of the bookcases only refer to first two lines of a call #.

Pay attention to "collection" on the book entry in the catalog:  

REFERENCE= Green-labeled bookcases

GENERAL= White-labeled bookcases

Once in correct aisle, read call number, matching one line at a time, until find the right book.  Browse the shelves around it for possibly more books on your topic.

Subject Headings

The library on-line catalog uses specific labels for subject headings/topics, and books are "tagged" in the computer by those terms according to their topics.  The on-line library catalog is expecting you to use those specific search terms.

If you need help figuring out the right words to use, ask a Reference Librarian!


Search Tips

Here are some of the types of searches you can do, as well as tips:

  • ™"Title begins with”—don’t type articles (the, a, an) at front of title
  • ™“Title keywords”—use AND between words
  • ™“Author last name, first”—always use last, first name
  • ™“Subject begins with” and “Subject keywords”—both use Subject Headings as listed by the LOC—results often list the correct terms to use as “heading is”—can also click on book titles to get related subject headings
  • ™“Word anywhere”—searches the entire catalog entry for the book, not just its subject headings or title; use for poems, plays, short stories
  • ™Search terms need to be main concept/big ideas