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Introduction to the Library for AS1001 -03 Miriam Belmaker: Find Books

Where are the Books Located

 

Most of the circulating books (those you can check out and take home with your) are located on the Main Level and the south and west sides of the Intermediate Level in McFarlin Library's west wing.  This area is known as the bookstacks or stacks.

Libraries use classification systems to organize the books and DVDs on the shelves. Most public libraries (for example, the Tulsa City-County Library system) use the DeweyDecimal Classification System (DDC) and most academic libraries (including the TU Libraries) use the Library of Congress Classification System (LC). 

You may be more familiar with the Dewey Decimal system which uses only numbers to arrange materials on the shelves.  The LC system uses a combination of letters and numbers.  

These classification systems allow each book and DVD in the library to be assigned a unique call number.  A call number is like an address; it indicates where the book is located on the library shelves.

Every item record in Encore also includes a call number. When searching Encore, you want to be sure to jot down or print off the complete LC call number in order to locate the item on the shelf. 

If you haven’t narrowed down your topic for a research assignment but have a general subject in mind, you can also browse the shelves if you know the beginning Library of Congress classification letters for that subject (e.g., BF – Psychology books; L - Education; PS – American Literature; R – Medicine) 

For example,

books relating to cinema (and drama in general) have call numbers beginning with the letters "PN". The letters and numbers that follow indicate the specific subject area. For example:

PN1600-3307 Drama
  PN1993-1999   Motion pictures
    PN1993.5     History of film by country
      PN1993.5.U6       United States
    PN1994     General works on cinema
    PN1995     General special: film criticism, aesthetics, etc.
      PN1995.7       Pictures and sound
        PN1995.75         Silent film
        PN1995.9.A-Z         Special topics (not country-specific)
        PN1995.9.F54           Film noir
        PN1995.9.H6           Horror
        PN1995.9.M83           Music
    PN1996     Authorship, scenario writing, etc.
    PN1997-1997.85     Plays, scenarios, etc.
    
   
   

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