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ENGL 1200: Writing II (Hoekzema): Find Books

Find Books

In the Gallucci-Cirio Library:


Browse the Shelves

Our library organizes books by the Library of Congress call number system based on subject categories that are then subdivided into narrowed subcategories. Once you find a book or two on your topic, browse the shelves in that same call number area to see if there are other books you might want to use.

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)