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5.1.3: Finding Your Books

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    Interpreting Your Search Results

    After you identify two books that you think you could use, you will need to find those books in the library. Let’s take a closer look at the search results:

    onesearch results and filter options. Description provided below.

    In the above image, we have limited our search results to “Available in Library” and to “Books” as our resource type. These active filters are on the left side of the above image. The top two results in the example are books that are available in the library. We can confirm that these are books by the “Book” label next to the image of the item in the search result. Below the book’s cover, there is another label indicating the book’s availability. Both of these books are labeled as “Available,” meaning they should be in the library. If the book is checked out, missing, or simply unavailable, OneSearch will update the status so that you will know whether or not the book is available for you.

    Call Numbers

    The first book is called The American Revolution. According to OneSearch, this book is available at this library in the Main Stacks.

    a book called The American Revolution with the author's name, publication date, and location

    After the location (MVC Main Stacks), you should see a set of numbers showing the checkout period (21 days). Following that is the call number, shown as a series of letters and numbers. Call numbers allow libraries to organize their resources on their shelves in a logical manner; that is, they will be shelved either numerically or alphanumerically (using letters and numbers) according to these call numbers. In the example above, the book’s call number is E208 .M9. This means the library has it shelved with other books that are in the E to F range. After finding the E shelves, you would look for 208. Most books have these numbers listed on the spine. Once you find E208, you can look within all books with a call number starting in E 208, looking for .M9.

    This page titled 5.1.3: Finding Your Books is shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Daniel Wilson via source content that was edited to the style and standards of the LibreTexts platform; a detailed edit history is available upon request.