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Using Call Numbers and Finding Books

Call Numbers & Finding Books

Why are books in the HSU Library arranged the way they are?

This guide explains call numbers, what they mean, and how they are the best way to find the book you're looking for. You can click on any of the tabs above to get started.

If you need any additional help understanding call numbers, please see a librarian. We are here to help! This guide accompanies the Finding and Using Call Numbers Workshop.


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Begin Your Research at HSU Tutorial

    • Increase your knowledge of the information cycle.
    • Sharpen your ability to locate information required for your assignments.
    • Proceed at your own pace.
    • Login with your HSU ID and Password to recieve credit from your instructor
    • Click the blue button at the bottom left of each section to move forward.
    • Click on a section to begin.

      module titles of tutorial series

        Section 1: Begin Research

        Learn more about understanding your assignment and choosing a suitable topic. Then you can select appropriate keywords to search.

        Average Time: 9 minutes

        Section 2: Knowledge Cycle

        Become familiar with the information cycle and the purpose of various information sources. Understand how different disciplines define primary, secondary, and tertiary sources.
        Average Time: 10 minutes

        Section 3: Find Books

        Discover why books can be valuable sources and learn where to search for them.

        Average Time: 9 minutes

        Section 4: Find Articles

        Find out how to locate articles from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals in library databases.

        Average Time: 9 minutes

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        Section 5: Make Citations 

        Discover why accurate citations are important and identify information required for any citation style.

        Average Time: 9 minutes

        Section 6: Basic Search

        Start a search and improve your search results by incorporating useful strategies.

        Average Time: 15 minutes

        Section 7: Advanced Search

        Increase your search skills by incorporating subject searching, limiting by specific fields, and exploring additional databases.
        Average Time: 12 minutes

        HSU Library Workshops


        This guide was adapted from one by Joe Scollo at the University of New Haven.