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Library DIY

Browse print library books

Like books in a public library, books in academic libraries are grouped by subject. The DDC - Dewey Decimal Classification (from OCLC) can help you identify call numbers for your subject. Then you can find where the call numbers are in the library.

Since books on your subject will likely be located together, you can also search the library catalog for a few relevant books and then browse the shelves around that book.

Enter keyword(s) that describes your topic.

  • When you search the catalog, keep your search simple to find relevant resources.
  • Examples: bilingual education; consumer behavior; marketing; climate change.

Click on a relevant title, then look at the subject headings under Subjects

  • Click on a subject heading to find more relevant books.


Write down the call number of relevant books and note its location. If the book you want is at a different campus library, click on the Request Copy link and have it sent to your campus library.

  • When several call numbers start with the same numbers, browse the section for more relevant books.