Where would you find works on Philology? English Language? English Literature?
I did a search for (rhetoric OR composition OR writing) AND (periodicals OR journals) in IUCAT. Below are some of the subject headings that were "tagged" on the records I found. Subject headings are assigned by librarians and hint at the "aboutness" of resources, meaning they tell us something about what the material's content covers. They can be searched by clicking on them since they are hyperlinked, but I recommend using them in strategic combinations in the IUCAT advanced search screen.
What exactly is a call number anyway?
A call number is the unique number given to each book in the library. Call numbers are like addresses, they tell you where a book will be located in the library.
Why should I know how to read one?
If you understand how to read a call number, it will be a lot easier for you to find books in the library.
What does a call number look like?
This library uses LC call numbers (LC stands for Library of Congress), which use a combination of letters and numbers. The same exact call number can be written 2 different ways:
A call number that you find in IUCAT (the online library catalog) will look like this:
CT105 .K55 1981
And that same call number will look like this on the spine of the book:
So, here's how you read a call number on the spine of a book:
CT --Read it alphabetically (A, B, C, CT, D, E, F, G, H, HA, HQ, etc.)
105 --Read it numerically (1, 10, 100, 100.5, 105, 1005.10, etc.)
.K55 --Read alphabetically and then decimally (.A23, .A233, .A33, .B4555, .B50, etc.)
1981 --The final line is a date.
And here is how this book would be placed on the shelf:
So now that I know how to read a call number, how do I use it to find books in the library?
The library has put together a guide on finding an using ebooks. If you have additional questions that this guide doesn't cover, please contact me.
IU doesn't have every book. If you are not finding what you need in IUCAT, then search WorldCat, which contains books from libraries all over the country. If you find a good book, you can request it via InterLibrary Loan.
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