IUCAT is a resource that can help you connect quickly with the information you need, however, it does take some practice to learn how to search. Below, I have suggested some titles that you can find by searching for them in the basic search box. Use the IUCAT link on the left column of this page to access the catalog.
One fruitful way to search IUCAT is through a Subject search. Either change the dropdown menu next to the basic search box to "Subject" or go to the Advanced Search Screen to use the Subject search field. Only use known Library of Congress Subject Headings to search for other materials with those same "tags." Below are some examples for how to find bibliographies.
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?
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