These interactive tutorials will walk you through the steps of using the library catalog to locate books and eBooks.
View categories and subcategories of what each letter A-Z of a books call number represents on the library shelves.
Reference books are a great place to start research. The reference collection is on the first floor of the LLRC building near the reference desk. Reference items are for library use only and may not leave the building.
Notice the reference book below: Black's Law Dictionary and how the location Reference is given in front of the call number.
Reference KF156 .B53 1990
Ways to locate eBooks:
Library of Congress call numbers are arranged alphabetically and numerically. Read call numbers from left to right and from top to bottom.
Letters in the first line of the call number are alphabetical:
Numbers in the second line of the call number are in numerical order:
Letters in the third line are alphabetical:
Numbers in the third line of the call number are in decimal order. It is important to remember that there is an “invisible” decimal point between the letter and the number:
There may be a fourth line of letters and numbers. These will also be in alphabetical and decimal number order.
The last line of a call number may be a year. This indicates the publication date.
Contents of this box are taken from: How to Read a Call Number - Getting Started: Information Research Tips - Research Guides at UCLA Library