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SDV-100 Library Tutorial

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Denise Woetzel

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Use QuickSearch to Find Books & DVDs

Use Quick Search to find print books, eBooks, audiobooks, and DVDs available through Reynolds Library.

QuickSearch: Basic Book Search

This video covers how to search, find, and place a hold on a book using Reynolds Library QuickSearch.

Optional: A  script is available for this presentation.

QuickSearch: eBook Search

This video covers how to search, find and use an eBook using Reynolds Library QuickSearch.

Optional: A  script is available for this presentation.

QuickSearch: DVD Search

This video covers how to search, find and place a hold on a DVD using Reynolds Library QuickSearch.

Optional: A  script is available for this presentation.

Call Numbers

Libraries use classification systems to organize books and other items on the shelves. Most public libraries use the Dewey Decimal Classification System (DDC). Most academic libraries, including Reynolds Library, use the Library of Congress Classification System (LC). Both classification systems arrange books in the shelves by subject.

You may be more familiar with the Dewey Decimal system which uses only numbers to arrange books on the shelves. The Library of Congress Classification System uses a combination of letters and numbers to arrange books on the shelves.

These classification systems allow each book in the library to be assigned a unique call number. A call number is like an address; it indicates where the book is located on the library shelves.

Anatomy of a Call Number

A call number label is attached to each book spine or front cover. Every item record in the library catalog also includes a call number. When searching the library catalog, you want to be sure to jot down the complete LC call number in order to locate the item on the shelf.

If you haven’t narrowed down your topic for a research assignment but have a general subject in mind, you can also browse the shelves if you know the beginning Library of Congress classification letters for that subject (e.g., BF – Psychology; L - Education; PS – American Literature; R – Medicine).