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ENG 101

Resources and strategies for ENG 101 assignments.

Library Catalog: Starting Point for Everything

The library catalog is a starting point to access many different kinds of resources that are available through the library. There are several different collections you can search through using the catalog.

Five columns explaining the sections in the library catalog.

  1. Library Catalog - Books, ebooks, DVDs, streaming videos, and other collections owned by the library.
  2. All I-Share Libraries - Includes the contents of Cullom-Davis Library plus books and physical items (DVDs) from other local libraries.
  3. Course Reserves -  Textbooks and other materials set aside for specific classes. Ask for them at the desk to use for a few hours.
  4. Articles - Collected from journals, magazines, newspapers, and pulled from many (but not all) of our databases.
  5. Almost Everything - A combination of some of the contents of the first and fourth tabs, and additional content.

Accessing Books

The last line of a catalog results will tell you where you can locate the item, whether online or physically. If it's an ebook or other material that is viewable online, it will be labeled as "Available Online."

Screenshot of book entry with red arrow emphasizing the hyperlinked green text "Available Online" in the fourth line.

If it is a physical item that you need to find inside the library, it will say where in the library it is located, and give you the call number (a string of letters and numbers, in parentheses) to find it on the shelf. The example below is available on the bottom floor of the library.

Screen shot of book result with red arrow emphasizing the location text at the end of the call number field in the fourth row.

Call numbers are not intuitive; you will get the hang of them. We are here to help you locate a book on the shelf.  At most universities, the library uses the Library of Congress system, which is very different from the Dewey Decimal system you may have seen in a school or public library.

A diagram explaining the four rows of a Call Number on a spine label.

To read a call number: 

  1. Read the top row in alphabetical order, from left to right.
  2. Read the second row from the top as a whole number.
  3. Read the third row from the top as a letter plus a number (perhaps with invisible zeroes).
  4. Finally, read the bottom row as a year.

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