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New Student Survival Libguide: Find Books

New to CCNY Libraries?

FYI...

Find Your Course Materials On Reserve
Sometimes professors will place a copy of your course textbook on Reserve. Find the call number for the book using CUNY+ and request the book at the circulation desk. Most reserve items can be checked out for 2 hours at a time.

WHAT ARE CALL NUMBERS?

Library of Congress Call numbers

The City University of New York (CUNY) Libraries use the Library of Congress Classification System to organize books and other material on the shelves. This classification system uses letters and/or numbers (call numbers) to arrange books by subject.

Call numbers supply an item's "physical address" or location on the shelf in a library.

UNDESTANDING CALL NUMBERS

How to Read LC CALL NUMBERS (simplified method)

PS         FIRST line - ALPHABETIC  (H, HA, N, NA, NK, Z...)
2103    SECOND line - WHOLE NUMBER (1, 2, 45, 88, 100.5...)
S37       THIRD line - LETTER-NUMBER(s) Combination (C314=.314)  
2010     LAST line - YEAR of PUBLICATION (Chronological: 1987, 1994...)

 

Example: LC CALL NUMBERS in Order

1. N737 .A286 2008
2. NA1310 .J65 2007
3. NK12 .M425 2008

 

How CALL NUMBERS Look on the Shelves:

         BOOK 1:     BOOK 2:    BOOK 3:
         N                    NA                NK
         737               1310            12
         A286            J65               M425
         2008             2007            2008

BASIC SEARCH STRATEGIES

General Search Strategies

Starting point: search broad, and then pare down (It is easier to narrow search results than to increase)

Click: SUBJECT hyperlinks (Helps navigate throughout the catalog and databases)

Limit: Words when phrase searching (No more than three words; add " ")

Use: Boolean operators AND / OR / NOT (AND narrows and OR broadens)

LC Call Numbers: Uses letters and/or numers to arrange books by subject. (Find one good book, you will likely see similar related titles to the left and right of it.
 

Once you have entered keywords and have a list of results

TIP #1: once you have your results, sometimes it is helpful to set the SORT BY dropdown to Date (Newest First)

TIP #2: changing the format on the left hand side to ALL FORMATS will bring up available articles within the same subject area

FIND BOOKS @ CCNY and OTHER CUNY LIBRARIES

The CUNY Libraries Inter-Campus Service (CLICS) allows CUNY students, faculty, and staff  to request books from other CUNY libraries. The requested books can be shipped to the CCNY library or any other CUNY library selected.

Search type:

Search for:

Examples:
global warming
Select library:

Advanced SearchMy Account / Renew

CUNY OneSearch

WORLDCAT (FIND BOOKS BEYOND CUNY)

GOOGLE BOOKS

Google Books is a good place to search within the pages of books. Remember that you can check the Library Catalog to see if we have full-text access via CUNY Libaries.

 

Borrow Books from Elsewhere

Books beyond CUNY LogoCan't find what you're looking for at CCNY?

Use CLICS to request items from other CUNY libraries. (scores and recordings still need to be picked up from their home collections)

Use a METRO referral card to access items not available at NYPL or within CUNY 

Use WorldCat to search and request items from libraries worldwide (via InterLibrary Loan)