USCB subject guide for Nursing
Please use the tabs above to help locate quality resources for Nursing research and study. If you have any questions or comments about this guide please feel free to contact us. Librarians are available to assist you in the research process at both campus libraries:
Call Numbers Explained
Our library uses the Library of Congress (or LC) classification system, an alphanumeric system which groups books by subject categories, or classes. You may be familiar with another classification system, the Dewey Decimal system, from previous experience at your shcool or public library. Most college and university libraries use LC because it allows for greater detail in organizing boks by subject area.
What is a call number?
A call number is like an address; it tells you where the book is located on the shelf. Each book, CD-ROM, journal, etc., has its own unique call number which is attached to the book's spine. A book's call number also appears in the catalog entry in the library's online catalog (OPAC).
The following page, from the American Museum of Natural History, contains a more detailed explanation of LC call numbers: