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How do I read a call number?

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Call numbers on library materials are created using the Library of Congress classification system. This system allows for books on same topics to be shelved near each other. You can browse materials based on the LC subjects. The system is alphanumeric. An example is listed below:

BF

176

.G76

2016

BF is the subject area for Psychology.

176 is for the subcategory for Psychological tests and testing

.G76 identifies the author

2016 is the year of publication

To find this book: Find the beginning of the B's in STACKS and then move to the BF's; search for the whole number 176; to distinguish books that begin with BF176, find the letter on the third line and then the number. Please note that the period in front of the letter makes the number a DECIMAL. If necessary, use the publication date as the final identifier.

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