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How Do I Find a Book on the Shelf?

The book's call number is like its address on the shelf. 

Call number display to find your book

The call number on the book will be vertical, rather than horizontal.  In order to locate the book on the shelf, work your way through the lines:

                Find the books in the PZ section.

                Within the PZ section, find the books with 7 in the call number.

                Within the PZ  7 section, find the books with .G, then 8233, etc. until you have worked your way through the call number.

If the call number is preceded by REF, the book may be on the first floor and must be used in the Library.  Most other books will be on the third floor unless they are labeled as Oversized and available on the second floor.

Me? Plagiarize?

What Information Goes Into a Citation?

Knowing the parts of a citation will help you recognize scholarly resources and help you prevent plagiarism in your own writing.

How Do I Know If An Article is Scholarly Enough?

Created by Carnegie Vincent Library (2013).

What Are Some Tricks for Searching in Databases?

Use these search terms to narrow or broaden your search:

      

Term

Example

Result

AND

media AND bias

Narrows the search to entries containing both terms.

OR

beer OR wine

Broadens the search to entries containing either term.

NOT

bat NOT baseball

Excludes entries containing the second term.

“ ”

“social work”

Retrieves results containing the exact phrase in quotes.

?

globali?ation

Wildcard: Retrieves both globalization and globalisation.

*

doctor*

Truncation: Retrieves doctor, doctors, doctored.

 

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