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POL 381: Senior Seminar in Public Administration: Finding Books

This is a guide for Professor Holoviak's POL 381 class.

Using the library catalog

Search for books in the library's online catalog.

You'll find many different types of resources in the library catalog:  books, links to electronic books, audiovisual material, and links to other types of electronic resources.

Some search tips:

    * Try the Advanced Search
    * Vary your search terms - if cats doesn't work, try felines
    * Check your spelling!
    * Once you find a book, use the index (at the back) to find the information you really need.


Finding E-Books

Remember that you will have to log in if using either from off-campus.

You can click on the titles of the books and read them online.

Many books can be downloaded for a set period of time.


How Are Books Organized?

Library of Congress Classification System

  • The Library of Congress classification system organizes books by broad subject area.

  • Each item is assigned a call number, which is like the book's address.

  • Each call number begins with a letter or multiple letters, followed by numbers and additional combinations

  • Sample Call Number: Z674.75.I58 L535 2005

  • The beginning letters of a call number represent a broad subject area (ie HQ784 is "child development")