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Hulanicki-English 1A: Books

Resources for Professor Hulanicki's English 1A Paper


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Library of Congress Call Numbers

Using the MPC Library Catalog: Call Numbers

How to read call numbers

Libraries use classification systems to organize books and materials on he shelves. As discussed in a previously lesson, here at MPC we use the Library of Congress Classification System (LC). LC uses letters and numbers to arrange books and materials on the same topic and in doing so they are grouped together on the shelf. The call number is the 'address' for the book that you are looking for. If you get the call number for a book that you want and you go to the shelf to get that book, you will see other books on the same topic. This is sometimes a great way to 'stumble upon' other books covering your topic.

When you look up a book or other materials such as DVDs in the MPC Library Catalog you get the bibliographic record for that item. If you look at the record below, the red arrow points to where the call number is for that item.

Library Record

When you go to the shelf to get a book, the call number is located on the spine of a book.

Book Spine

Anatomy of a Library of Congress Call Number

Call Number

Book Title: Uncensored War: The Media and Vietnam 
Author: Daniel C. Hallin 
Call Number: DS559.45 .H35 1986

The first two lines describe the subject of the book. 
DS559.45 = Vietnamese Conflict

The third line often represents the author's last name. 
H - Hallin

The last line represents the date of publication

Tips for Finding Books on the Shelf

Call Number

Read call numbers line by line.

Read the first line in alphabetical order: 
A, B, BF, C, D...L, LA, LB, LC, M, ML

Read the second line as a whole number: 
1, 2, 3, 45, 100, 101, 1000, 2000, 2430...

The third line is a combination of letters and numbers. Read the letter 
alphabetically. Read the number as a decimal (for example: .C65 = .65, .C724 = .724)

    • Some call numbers have more than one combination letter-number line

The last line is the year the book was published. Read in chronological order: 
1985, 1991, 2004, 2013...

Here is a shelf of books with the call number order explained:

Shelf of Call Numbers

Adapted from University of Georgia Online Library Learning Center


The following video has a very helpful tutorial on Library of Congress Call Numbers: 
Library of Congress Call Numbers Tutorial

Books of Interest

Here is a list of some recommended books on the topic. Most of the books that would be helpful are in the California history section of our collection that goes from F 860- F 869 section. I recommend browsing that section of the book collection for additional resources. Make sure you look at chapter titles and especially the index of a book for Hartnell, William and Vasquez, Tiburcio. In the index, if they are mentioned in the book the index will give you the page number(s) where they are.