searching is used less frequently than other access
points because you must already know the number and
merely want to see the rest of the entry in the
catalog. In EUREKA the call number display would
look like this if there were two copies of the book
and the first one was checked out of the Library.
Clicking on the link will take you into a browsing
screen of similar call numbers.
The call number is a location
device, the address of the book within the
The first section of the call
number is a capital letter or combination of
capital letters, e.g. HF, representing a broad
subject area. This section is filed on the shelf
The second section of the call number represents a
narrower aspect of the subject. It can be from 1 to
9999 and is filed numerically.
The third section is a combination of letters and
numbers which usually represent the author's last
name. It is filed alphabetically and then
numerically by the decimal number, e.g.,
There may be a fourth section to the call number, also a decimal
number, and additional sections representing volume numbers or year.
The illustration below shows how books would appear
on the shelf: