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Answered By: Canon Crawford
Last Updated: Sep 25, 2015     Views: 25

  • The call number is the address of a book; it tells you where the book will be found on the shelf.
  • The letters at the beginning of a call number indicate the subject and are arranged alphabetically (e.g. HT before PR, D before DT). The first numbers are arranged numerically (e.g. PS 1200 before PS 2000). The next number is arranged as a decimal, so QA 234.57 will be found before QA 234.8.
  • To find a book, ask a librarian for help at the reference desk, or search for the book, and its location and call number before finding it on the shelf.
  • If a book is not where you think it should be on the shelf, ask a librarian--the book may be located in course reserves or elsewhere.

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