location, location, location

Each item in the catalog will usually have a call number and the specific location of the item - such as a special collection, separate branch library or floor number. This information is important to write down if you wish to locate a book, magazine or other item successfully. In Module 3 we will discuss call numbers and explain what all those letters and numbers mean. For now you should know that call numbers are how libraries organize their collections. They point you to the exact location of an item on a shelf.

Most libraries have their own unique library catalog. There are handouts and help available for searching your library catalog at your library's Reference or Information Desk.

Once you have looked for books and articles in the library, you may want to search the Web for more information about your topic. By mastering a few searching techniques, you should be able to take advantage of the vast amount of information available there.

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