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How to do many of the standard tasks in research.

Finding Books on the Shelves

Find a Book on the Shelf


Your search of the online catalog of Books, CDs, and DVDs in the Hiram College Catalog has led you to the following.  How do you find it on the shelf?


Author Koritansky, John C.
Title Alexis de Tocqueville and the new science of politics : an interpretation of Democracy in America / John C.Koritansky.
Imprint Durham, N.C. : Carolina Academic Press, c2010.

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You need 3 pieces of information to find an item here. 

  1. The location tells you which floor in the building. 
  2. The call number tells you where on the floor (in this case it is like a street address). 
  3. The status tells you if it should be on the shelf or not. 


The following table will help with the most frequent locations, while a second table gives you a list of what you might find as the status.  Please note that neither table is complete, but lists the most commonly found locations and statuses.

You will find the above book on the second floor and it should be on the shelf for you to check out. 

Can’t find it?  Please consult a reference librarian or a student assistant at the circulation desk.



Table of Locations


Location Call Number Arranged by Floor
Main Collection 0 through 799.99999999 Dewey Call Number 2nd floor
Main Collection 800 through 999.999999 Dewey Call Number 3rd floor
Fiction All call numbers Alphabetically byAuthor 4th floor (Clock Tower)
Reference All call numbers Dewey Call Number 1st floor (main floor)
CD Collection All call numbers Genre then composer or artist 1st floor (main floor)
Film Collection 0 through 999.9999999 Dewey Call Number 1st floor (main floor)
Film Collection Starts with Feature Film Alphabetically by Title 1st floor (main floor)
Juvenile All call numbers Dewey Call Number 1st floor (main floor)
Juvenile Fiction All call numbers Alphabetically by Author 1st floor (main floor)
Quarto All call numbers Dewey Call Number 2nd floor
Folio All call numbers Dewey Call Number 2nd floor
Government Documents All call numbers SuDocs system 3rd floor




Table of Statuses


Status Meaning
Available Should be on Shelf
Due (followed by a date) Checked out and is due back on date given
Due (followed by a date) Off Campus Checked out to an OhioLINK borrower and due on the date given
New Book Shelf May be found on the New Book Shelf on the main floor and may be checked out.  This is more of a location than a status.
Missing Book cannot be found.  You may borrow a copy through OhioLINK, if a copy is available.
Lib Use Only Should be on the shelf. May not be checked out, but may be used in the library
Use Online An Internet resource that you may use online.  Check the full record for the link to the item