SRA Library 101 w college

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Good morning!:

Good morning! Please take out your two-pocket folders, looseleaf and pen. Thank you.

SRA Library 101:

SRA Library 101 Using the Collection

Main Sections:

Main Sections Reserve Fiction Nonfiction Reference

Fiction Books:

Fiction Books Fiction books are generally novels and stories. They are arranged alphabetically by the first 3 letters of the author’s last name Stephen King books would look like this: F KIN Isacc Asimov books would look like this: F ASI

Nonfiction Books:

Nonfiction Books In the SRA Library and the NYPL nonfiction uses the Dewey Decimal Classification System. The Dewey Decimal Classification is a system that helps libraries arrange the items so that library users can find them. It’s a lot like a supermarket: Canned vegetables in one aisle Breakfast cereals and grains in another Ice cream is in the frozen food section

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The topics in the DDC are arranged into ten main classes: 500 Science 600 Technology 700 Arts & recreation 800 Literature 900 History & geography 000 Computer science, information & general works 100 Philosophy & psychology 200 Religion 300 Social sciences 400 Language

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You will probably notice that when you find a specific book, other books shelved around it are usually books on a similar topic. That’s how the DDC is arranged—by topic. The DDC has lots of topics— thousands of them! Books are given a number according to their topic College Information would be found in the 378’s 300 = Social Sciences 370 = Education 378 = Higher Education (Colleges)


Reference Reference also uses the Dewey Decimal Classification System. The primary difference between Reference and Nonfiction is that Reference books are not checked out. Reference books include almanacs, atlases, dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, calendars, timetables, chronologies, guidebooks, etc.

Reserve Books:

Reserve Books These books may not be checked out or removed from the library. Textbooks Books that are needed by entire classes of students. These are found behind the librarian’s desk and must be requested

Finding the books you want.:

Finding the books you want. There are two basic methods of finding books. Using the OPAC – Online Public Access Catalog. Browsing through the shelves.


The OPAC You can search through a book on the OPAC by selecting: Keyword Title Author Subject

Searching by Key Word:

Searching by Key Word Type in the topic you would like to search for, then click on KEYWORD. If you hit the ENTER key, Key Word will be selected automatically.

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The program will give you a list of books that have the key word you selected within the Title, Subject Area, or Book Description. Click on the book you want to view.

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You may view the details of the book to see if that is what you want. Notice the call number in the upper left hand corner, as well as the listing of how many copies of this book are available. Write the call number down, then go to the stacks and find the book.

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To move back to a previous level use the breadcrumbs that you find directly below the word “Catalog.” Using the browser’s back arrow tends to cause the system to crash and force a restart.  Breadcrumbs

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Searching by title, author and subject are very similar to key word searches. For Title, you need only part of the title. The program will take what you have typed and compare it to all the titles in the database. For Author, it is best to type Last Name, then First Name. The program will only search through the name field of the database. For Subject searches, you will need to follow the rules laid down by Sears List of Subject Headings . Because of this, it is frequently not as easy to use as a Key Word search.

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If you’re not sure how to spell a search term, type as much as you know followed by an asterisk. Egy * The system will search for anything with those first few letters.


Browsing If you wish, you may look for books by just roaming around the shelves.

Final Thoughts About Our Collection:

Final Thoughts About Our Collection Please do not reshelve the books once you take them off of the shelf. Find an empty spot at the end of the shelf and leave the book there for the librarian to pick up. If you have any questions, don’t forget to ask your librarian.

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