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Find Books  

This guide will help you find books for your research in our catalog, in the ConnectNY catalog, through our InterLibrary Loan service ILLiad, as well as CRL (Center for Research Libraries) and other sources.
Last Updated: Feb 16, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

Step 1 - Our Catalog (Felix) Print Page

Finding Books in Stevenson Library's Catalog

Start here to find books...

To find books in Stevenson, CCS, the Levy Institute  or the BGC Libraries, use our catalog called Felix.

  • The catalog search defaults to a keyword search. In a keyword search, the Library's search engine looks for your search terms across the entire description of a book, including the table of contents (if the description includes it). With a keyword search, you'll be able to find essays and book chapters on the subject you're looking for, even if they're ancillary to the subject of the book.

  • You can search for a title or author by choosing options from the dropdown menu or by clicking on the appropriate link on the left hand side of the catalog home page. Type in the title or the author's name (last name, first name) and click search.

  • To search by subject, click on Subject in the left hand menu or choose subject from the drop down menu. This search type uses Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), which is a controlled vocabulary meaning that specific terms are used for specific subjects. You need to enter the appropriate term or combination of terms to make this search effective. If you are not sure then start with a keyword search.

  • When you find something in our catalog that fits your topic of interest, take a look in the catalog record for subject headings. Most records will have a few listed and these can be used for further searching. You can click on these right from the record to do a subject search for that subject heading to find more items related to your topic.

  • Our catalog also has options to search by ISBN (among other options).

"The Call Numbers" Comic

3 Sections of the Library

Stevenson Library is divided into three sections:

STEVENSON is the part of the library that is closest to the rugby field/giant tent. The entrance/exit to the library, service desks like the reference, reserves and circulation, current periodicals (2nd floor) and stacks (4th floor) are located in Stevenson.

KELLOGG is the part of the library that houses the stacks, a computer lab and some study areas. It’s located behind Stevenson.

HOFFMAN, the oldest part of the library, houses our collection of back issues of paper periodicals.


What are Call Numbers?

Call numbers allow you to find items on the shelves in the library. The call numbers used in an academic library (Library of Congress Call Numbers) are different from those in a public or high school library. Here is an example:


How to Locate Books in Our Library Using Call Numbers

Call Numbers start with one or two letter combinations and are arranged alphabetically throughout the library based on these:

  • A - B are located on the 1st floor of Kellogg
  • C - E are located on the 2nd floor of Stevenson
  • F - H are located on the 2nd floor of Kellogg
  • J - L and N - PR1799 are located on the 3rd floor of Kellogg
  • PR1800 - TQ and TS - Z are located on the 4th floor of Stevenson
  • TR (photo books) and M (music scores) are located on the 3rd floor of Stevenson
  • Reference books are shelved on the 1st floor of Stevenson and Kellogg

Once you find the section of the library with books that start with those in your call number, next look at the set of numbers that follow those letters. This set of numbers is in numerical order from 1 to 9999. So within the section defined by the letters at the beginning of the Call Number, you should follow these numbers until you come to the those matching the Call Number of the book you're looking for.

The next part of the call number, which is separated by space, represents the Author of the work. This number starts with a letter followed by numbers. Follow the letters alphabetically and then go by decimal order to find the Call Number you are looking for. This is like Dewey call numbers used in a public library -- a book with the call number QA303 .F56 book would be shelved after QA 303 .F455 but before QA 303 .F6.

The last set of numbers is usually the year the book was published.


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