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International Students: Find Books

A guide to the library for international students.

Library Catalog ( Summon )

The library catalog (Summon) is a good place to begin your search. You'll find books, journals, newspapers,sound recordings,video recordings, or other items for your research projects. 

Summon is helpful when you don't know exactly what you want. You can search it like you search Google.

Google Book Search

Recommended Books

International students and academic libraries book cover
International students and academic libraries : a survey of issues and annotated bibliography / Diane E. Peters
PRINTED MATL icon PRINTED MATL | Scarecrow Press | 2010
Available at McFarlin Books (Z666 .P475 2010)
China's higher education reform and internationalisation book cover
China's higher education reform and internationalisation / edited by Janette Ryan
PRINTED MATL icon PRINTED MATL | Routledge | 2011
Available at McFarlin Books (LA1133 .C4435 2011)

Summon Search

Summon (books, videos, music, etc.)



Classic Catalog (same information, different format)

Library of Congress (LC) Call Number

  • What is a call number

Each book in the library has a call number. A call number is like an address. It tells you where the book is located in the library.

The McFarlin library uses Library of Congress Classification System. This system uses a combination of letters and numbers to arrange materials by subjects.


  •  How to read a call number

Read the call number top to bottom, line by line.






PQ   - First line: indicates the general subject area. Alphabetical order.

1521- Second line: indicates specifically the subject area. Numerical order.

.B1  - Third line:represent the author's last name. Letters in alpha order. Numbers in decimal order

1997- Fourth line: Chronological order




Library of Congress classification system

    A   General Works
    B   Philosophy and Religion
    BF   Psychology
    C   History
    D   History 
    DA   Great Britain
    DS   Asia
    DT   Africa
    E   American History 
    F   American History 
    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