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FCS 1310: Foundations in Family & Consumer Sciences: Books

This course guide was created for FCS 1310 (Foundations in FCS).

Books Intro

Books are a great source for background information.  They are not such a great option for up-to-date statistics or cutting edge research because of the amount of time they take to publish.  If you find a book that looks like it might be useful, look at the table of contents and index and try to find the topic keywords you identified. If you can't find your keywords, the book is probably not going to be helpful for your research. If the keywords are in certain chapters, you can identify which sections you'll want to read.

What is a call no.(number)?
A call no. is a series of letters and numbers that explains where in the library the item is located.  Books are organized by similar subjects, so it can be helpful to look around at books on the library shelves near it to find other books that may also be what you are looking for.

Home Economics Books - Historical

Home Economics - Textbooks

Find a Library Book

Make sure to write down the call no. before going to the library book shelves.  You’re welcome to browse the shelves, but having the call no. handy with save you time!  (You can also text the book information to yourself from the catalog record).

Library Catalog

Library Directory

Decipher the Library Catalog

All materials in the library have a catalog record. Here is an example.

The location, call no., and status are displayed.  The call no. is a series of letters and numbers that explains where in the library the item is located.  Books are organized by similar subjects, so it can be helpful to look around at books on the library shelves near it to find other books that may also be what you are looking for.

Continue scrolling to read more information.  The subject area is helpful to find other books that have the same or similar subject areas.

How to Read a Call No.

Example of a complete call number DA 36 .A55

Line 1   DA
Line 2   36
Line 3   .A55

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.

Line 2

Within the DA call numbers, books are arranged in number order.  The numbers are arranged in numerical from low to high.

Line 3

The letters are in alphabetical order. Then read the numbers, but BEWARE! The numbers are not whole numbers, they are decimal numbers. A55 is read as A .55.   This is why A55 comes before A6 (A .55, A .6, A .65, etc.)