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Call Numbers

Call number 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.

LOCATION

CALL NO.

STATUS

1 > 3 NORTH

TL 790 .L395 1990

DUE 11/22/00

2 > 3 NORTH

TL 790 .L395 1990

NOT CHKD OUT

The call number is a location device, the address of the book within the Library.

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 alphabetically.

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.,
.536


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:

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Module 3 has three parts. You have just finished part 1 of 3.

Please close this window, click on the exercise icon on the WebCT page, and do the exercise Module 3 (1 of 3) Access Points Exercise.

After completing the exercise, return to Module 3 (2 of 3) Reference Sources.