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COMM 3326: Family Communication: Books
A course guide to library research resources for Prof. Burke's students in Family Communication
Click on the title to see subject headings (if you're having trouble with keywords)
Use truncation, for example if searching for political or politics, you can type polit* and get any form of the root word before the *
Use the Subject Heading links (in red box below) on any catalog record for an item to see more books or other materials on the same subject.
You could also try searching Start Your Research. It searches multiple databases for articles and the library catalog for books and other materials. To search only the catalog, check off the box named Library Catalog under Refine your results on the left of the results list page.
Understanding Call Numbers
Understanding Call number order
Library of Congress call numbers should be read one line at a time as follows:
Example of a complete call number, DA 36 .A55:
First, look at Line 1:
Books are arranged in alphabetical order, by the letters on the first line of the call number.
Example: first come all the D call numbers, then all the DA call numbers, then DB, etc.
Next, look at Line 2:
Within the DA call numbers, books are arranged in number order.
The numbers are arranged in numerical from low to high.
Then look at Line 3:
Line 3 of the call number has a letter and a number. The letters are in alphabetical order. Then read the numbers-but BEWARE!
The numbers are not WHOLE numbers, they are DECIMAL numbers.
Example: A55 is read as A .55 - this is why A55 comes beforeA6 (A .55, A .6, A .65, etc.)
ILL is a free library lending service available to current TxState students and employees. ILL borrows items from other libraries that the Alkek Library does not own. Use ILLIAD, the online interlibrary loan request system, to order your ILL items. Typical turnaround for a book is 1-2 weeks and must be picked up at and returned to the library. Articles are sent to requestors via email. Contact & Pick-up Info: 512.245.4893 or email. Items can be picked up at the Ask Alkek Desk on the 2nd floor of the Library.