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ENGL 1410: On the Table: Books & Movies

Searching for Books & Movies

Find Books and Movies

You can find books and movies in OneSearch or in the library catalog, which excludes records for articles leaving behind books and movies. To reach the catalog, select the Books/Catalog tab above the OneSearch box on the library home page. 

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Find a Book on the Shelves

To find a print book, first identify the correct section of the library by checking the location of the book. Most books are in the "Main Collection" which is on the 3rd floor.

Reading LC Call Numbers

Books sorted in correct order by call number. The book described in the text below has call number N66 .B634 1999

  • N - describes the subject area: read in alphabetical order
  • 66 -  describes the topic: read as a whole number
  • .B634 - describes the author's last name: read in alphabetical order, then the number as a decimal
  • 1999  - date of publication: read in chronological order

If you are unable to locate the book or the book is missing, ask for help at the Circulation Desk.

How to Read A Catalog Record

Reading Your Catalog Record

Call Number : This tells you where to find your book on the shelf. See Find a Book on the Shelves to find out how to read your call number. Books are organized by subject, which means other books on this topic will be shelved near this book. 

Subject: This tells you what LC subject areas your book falls under. If you click these, you can look at similar subjects or other books on this subject.

Status: This tells you if the book is available for you to check out. If not, use Prospector to search for other copies of the book at nearby libraries. 

Location: This tells you what general area of the library your book is in. 

Collection Locations

Main Collection On the upper floor 
Oversize/Double Oversize On the upper floor
Young Adult/Children On the main floor 
Gov. Docs On the main floor 
Reference Behind the Research Assistance Desk
Graphic Novels On the main floor 
Bound Periodicals On the main floor 
DVDs Behind the Research Assistance Desk