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ENGL 1200: Writing II (Doherty)

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Reading A Call Number

Here is a call number for one of our books using the Library of Congress Classification System:


Call numbers begin with one or two letters and are organized alphabetically on the shelves. These letters describe the general subject of a book. (DS = History of Asia)

The second line is a number, which gives more detail on the specific subject matter of the item. This line is read numerically. (559.44 = Vietnamese Conflict)

The third line often represents the author's last name, and read as a decimal. (S = Smith)

The last line is the date of publication and is read chronologically. (1992)

Call Numbers


You will notice that if a book's spine is slim, you may have to pull the book
out from the shelf a bit to read the Call Number.