Library of Congress Classification. Most academic and research libraries use the Library of Congress (LC) Classification to organize their collections. Unlike the Dewey Decimal Classification, used in most public libraries, LC organizes literature by author, rather than by genre. All of the works by and about a given author will, for the most part, be brought together in LC. The most relevant sections of LC for World Languages and Cultures literature and literary criticism are:
PL 2250 - 3208 Chinese literature
PQ 1 - 3999 French literature
PQ 6001 - 8929 Spanish literature
PT 1 - 4897 German literature
In the sections for the literature of particular countries, arrangement is chronological, then alphabetical within the time period. Each author is assigned a number or series of numbers. Once you know the number(s) assigned to an author, you can browse the book stacks easily. Our library uses these numbers in the Reference and print periodicals collections, too.
The HSU Library Catalog lists all of the books at our library. To find books in a language other than English, use Advanced Search and select the language you want from the dropdown menu near the bottom of the search form. You can use the HSU Library Catalog to find videos and CDs in our library, too.
To Search for foreign language feature films in video format:
You can borrow books from other libraries with our interlibrary loan service. There is a demonstration of how to make an interlibrary loan request on the Getting Started tab in this guide. Use WorldCat or other catalogs to find books to borrow on interlibrary loan. WorldCat and other catalogs are linked on the library homepage on the QuickSearch Catalogs tab.
You can use these catalogs to search for video and audio recordings, too. Sometimes these formats can be borrowed on interlibrary loan.