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Prof. Erhardt-Clohessy - ENG 101 - Social Problems in Contemporary America

How to Find Books and Media

Search the library catalog to find Books and other Media in the Harold L. Drimmer Library.

Use your keywords to find books on your topic. E.g. search Discrimination AND Incarceration to find books about bias in the criminal justice system.


If your first search doesn't turn up many results, try changing your keywords (e.g. search Bias instead of Discrimination).

Enter your search terms and click SEARCH. Click on a title for more information. Look at the table of contents or description to see if the book might be helpful.


To find the book on the WCC Library shelves, you will need the CALL NUMBER and LOCATION.

Circulating items can be checked out for 3 weeks with your WCC ID.

REFERENCE  and RESERVE books are on the first floor and must be used in the library.

Books with the location CIRCULATING COLLECTION are on the second and third floors.

Not sure how to follow Library of Congress call numbers? Look here to see how they are arranged.


Following Library of Congress Call Numbers

Books in the WCC Library are shelved according to Library of Congress Call Numbers. LC Call Numbers are alpha-numberic and consist in a series of letters and numbers. To find a book on the shelf follow the letters and numbers keeping the following points in mind:

The first series of letters are in alphabetical order. There may be one, but usually two letters. Look for the first, then the second letter:

H     HN     HV     P      PA      PB      PN       PR      PS      R     RA      RC     T     TK 


These letters are followed by a set of WHOLE NUMBERS, sometimes including a DECIMAL

830 2807 2807.3 2807.5 2807.55 2807.6 6068


This is followed by another letter, in alphabetical order plus a DECIMAL NUMBER.

55 55 55 55 55
N42 N435 N436 N44 N5


There may be another set of letters and numbers, again read alphabetically and as DECIMALS.

3515 3515 3515 3515 3515
E37 E37 E37 E37 E37
F3 F3533 F3535 F354 F366


The call number may finally end with the year of publication:

PS 3515 .E37 O5295 2002

Understanding The old man and the sea : a student casebook to issues, sources, and historical documents by Patricia Dunlavy Valenti.


If you have looked and cannot locate a book on the shelf, ask a Librarian to help you.

Be sure to check the LOCATION to find out where the book is in the library.

Search Books-DVDs-CDs in the Library Catalog

Enter your keyword search in the box below to search the Harold L. Drimmer Library's catalog for Books, DVDs, CDs, or eBooks.

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