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The Research Process: Step-by-Step

This guide walks you through the steps of the research process

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E-Books

 

Credo Reference -- search our online collection of 592 full-text reference books.  
eBooks on EBSCOhost (formerly NetLibrary)   -- access to electronic books (eBooks), including reference books, scholarly monographs, publications of many university presses, and consumer books that have been converted into digital format. I

Georgia History Ebooks (University of Georgia Press)  -- includes early and seminal works on Georgia's history and culture, many published in the 1950s and 1960s that have long been out of print. Users also have the option of ordering print copies of these titles from the University of Georgia Press.  

Interlibrary Loan

Library of Congress Call Number Classification

The materials in the Library are organized by the Library of Congress (LC) Classification System so that books/videos on similar subjects are shelved together. Each item is given a subject heading that corresponds to a call number which identifies the location of the item on a shelf. Call numbers consists of letters and numbers, and are arranged on the shelves in alphabetical and numerical order. For example, the call number for the book For the Good of the Country: World War II baseball in the major and minor leagues is GV863.A1 F56 2002.

GV One or two letters represent a broad subject. These letters are not initials or an abbreviation for the subject. In this case, “GV” are the letters for Recreation and Leisure.

863 Numbers for a more specific subject within the broad category. In this case, ballgames-baseball .

.A1 The next line is referred to as the cutter number. Some books have two cutters, the first of which breaks down the subject area even further.

F56 If the call number has a second cutter number, this represents the author or organizations’s name or the title of the work. In this case the author's last name is Finoli.

2002 The date the book was published.

Items are arranged on the shelves from left to right, top to bottom within each section of shelving, according to call numbers. Call numbers are arranged in alphabetical order by class letters, and then numerically, as outlined below:

In general, call numbers are arranged first in alphabetical sequence...

AS AY B BF DC G GT PE RA T TX

...then in numerical sequence. Read the second line, or the first set of numbers, as a WHOLE number.

AS
23.6
AS
23.7
AS
123
AY
8
AY
12
AY
79

...then by a combination of alphabetical and decimal order on the third line. Subsequent lines with both letters and numbers are read alphabetically and then in decimal order; subsequent lines with only numbers are read as whole numbers. For example, correct call number order is shown below for a sampling of items:

LB
1075
C29
A342
2000
LB
1725
U55
A35
LB
1725
U6
B3
LB
1725
U63
1999
LB
1725.1
A5
2005
LB
1725.3
D5