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ANTH 195A: Research Design in Anthropology (VanDerwarker, Spring 2024: Library of Congress Classification System

Library of Congress Classification System

The UCSB Library like most university libraries uses the Library of Congress Classification system (LC).  This system arranges books and other library materials by subject, to make it easier for you to browse the shelves for materials on a specific topic. LC call numbers always begin with letters of the alphabet. This system is organized into 21 main classes (located on the right), which are designated by letters of the alphabet.

Each book is given a unique call number chosen according to the LC system, and the books are arranged on the shelves in order by that call number.  The following call numbers are in order as you would find them on the shelf. Note that the first number in the call number is treated as a whole number (PS25 comes before PS132) and that the second number is treated as a decimal (G294 comes before G38).

 

 Call Number Examples in Order
PA

2143

.R24

PS

25

.F12   

PS

132

.G294

PS

132

.G38

PS

1163

.B26

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