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EH-101: Freshman Composition

Library orientation for new students

Classification of Books

Classification of Books at the UAH Library

Books in the UAH Library are arranged by Library of Congress call numbers, according to the general system outlined below.

A -- General Works

  • A-AI -- Encyclopedias. Indexes
  • AN-AQ -- Journalism. Newspapers. Periodicals.
  • AY -- Almanacs. Directories. Yearbooks

    B -- Philosophy, Religion
  • B-BJ -- Philosophy - Logic. Aesthetics. Ethics
  • BL-BX -- Religion

    C -- Auxiliary Sciences of History (Biography, etc.)
  • CB -- History of Civilization
  • CC -- Archaeology
  • CT -- Biography (General)

    D -- History - Old World

    E - F -- History - New World (Americas)

    G -- Geography. Anthropology. Recreation

  • G-GB -- Geography
  • GC -- Oceanography
  • GN -- Anthropology
  • GR -- Folklore
  • GT -- Manners and customs (General)
  • GV -- Recreation. Sports

    H -- Social Sciences (General)
  • HA -- Statistics
  • HB-HJ -- Business and Economics
  • HK-HL -- Psychology. Psychiatry
  • HM-HV -- Sociology. Pathology. Welfare. Criminology
  • HX -- Socialism. Communism. Anarchism

    J -- Political Science

    K -- Law

    L -- Education

    M -- Music

    N -- Arts - Architecture. Sculpture. Drawing. Painting

    P -- Language and Literature

  • PA -- Languages and Literature, Classical
  • PB-PH -- Languages, Modern European
  • PJ -- Languages and Literatures, Oriental
  • PN -- Literary History and Collections (General)
  • PQ -- Literatures, Romance
  • PR -- Literature, English
  • PS -- Literature, American
  • PT -- Literature, Germanic
  • PZ -- Literature, Juvenile

    Q -- Science (General)
  • QA -- Mathematics and Computer Science
  • QB -- Astronomy
  • QC -- Physics
  • QD -- Chemistry
  • QE -- Geology
  • QH -- Natural History (General)
  • QK -- Botany
  • QL -- Zoology
  • QM -- Anatomy, Human
  • QP -- Physiology
  • QR -- Biology, Microbiology

    R -- Medicine
  • RT -- Nursing

    S -- Agriculture
  • SB -- Agriculture. Plant. Animal/Aquaculture

    T -- Technology (General)
  • TA -- Engineering (General). Civil Engineering
  • TC -- Engineering, Hydraulic
  • TD -- Engineering, Environmental
  • TE -- Engineering, Highway
  • TH -- Engineering, Construction
  • TJ -- Engineering, Mechanical
  • TK -- Engineering, Electrical/Electronic/Nuclear
  • TL -- Engineering, Vehicles/Aero- & Astronautics
  • TN -- Engineering, Mining/Metallurgy
  • TP -- Engineering, Chemical
  • TS -- Manufacturing
  • TT -- Handicrafts. Arts and Crafts
  • TX -- Home Economics

    U -- Military Science

    V -- Naval Science

    Z -- Bibliography. Library Science


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Location of Books in the UAH Library

  • Books beginning with Call Numbers A through N are location on the North Wing 2nd Floor (N2)
  • Books beginning with Call Numbers P through Z are location on the North Wing 3rd Floor (N3)
  • Reference Books A through Z are located on the South Wing 1st Floor (S1)
  • See a map of the library for location designations.

What Are Call Numbers?

Call numbers supply an item's "physical address" or location on the shelf in a library. The letters and numbers that make up a Library of Congress call number represent subjects. Books with similar call numbers will cover similar subject matter and be shelved together in the stacks.

Reading Library of Congress Call Numbers

Guidelines:

  1. First line of the call number - Alphabetical. (Single letters preceed letters combined in alphabetical order)
  2. Second line - Numeric (whole numbers which may run into the thousands).
  3. Subsequent lines - Alphabetical, then Decimal Numeric.

Example of call numbers in order:

  1. Q181.A286 2008
  2. Q310.J65 2008
  3. QA13.M374 2007

Call numbers will look like this on the shelves:

Book 1:     Book 2:     Book 3:
Q                 Q                QA
181             310            13
A286           J65            M374

2008          2008          2007

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