Presentation on theme: "Call Numbers Objective: Students will understand how call numbers are used to locate books and other materials in the library."— Presentation transcript:
1Call NumbersObjective: Students will understand how call numbers are used to locate books and other materials in the library.
2OrganizationLibraries use different systems to organize books. Most school libraries use the Dewey Decimal System.
3Dewey Decimal SystemIn the Dewey Decimal System, books are labeled with letters and numbers so that you can find them on the shelves. These are known as call numbers.
4Call Numbers: FictionCall numbers for novels and stories start with an “F” or “FIC” showing that they are fiction. Then come the first few letters of the author’s last name, like “ROW” for J.K. Rowling.
5Call Numbers: FictionOnce you’ve found the right author, look at the book titles to find the exact one you’re looking for.Books by the same author should be listed alphabetically by title (unless they are part of a series).
6Call Numbers: Non-Fiction Call numbers for non-fiction books start with numbers instead of letters.Most call numbers will start with 3 numbers followed by a period and possibly one or more numbers. For example: 391.6
7Call Numbers: Non-Fiction Then, like fiction books, the call number will have the first few letters of the author’s last name:391.6CUR
8Call Numbers: Non-Fiction Call numbers for biographies start with 92 and are organized alphabetically by the person the book is about.
9Call Numbers: Non-Fiction The Dewey Decimal System groups non-fiction books on the same subjects together, so generally all of the books about the same topic will have a similar call number. This means you can look at one shelf and find several books on the same subject.
10Call Numbers in the Catalog When you look up a book in the catalog, you should find the call number listed. Write down both the call number and the book title and take it to the shelf.
11Finding Books on the Shelf When you are looking at the shelves in your library, you want to look from left to right and top to bottom.
12Other Call Number Systems While the Dewey Decimal System is used in most schools, most universities use the Library of Congress classification system.Don’t panic! Books will still be shelved according to their subject.
13Library of CongressThe Library of Congress Classification System does not label fiction and nonfiction books differently like Dewey does. All call numbers start with letters and numbers based on a specific subject.Examples:All books that start with RA565 are about environmental health.Huckleberry Finn starts with PS1305 and this section also includes literary criticisms and essays related to Huckleberry Finn.
15Summing UpSchool libraries organize books using the Dewey Decimal System.Fiction books will have call numbers starting with “F” or “FIC.”Non-fiction books will have call numbers starting with a set of numbers.Non-fiction books on the same topic should be found in the same area in the library.The Library of Congress Classification System is used at most academic libraries to organize books.