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Ethnic Studies: Finding books and ebooks

Getting books at WSU

How are books organized on the shelves?

The WSU library organizes print materials by subject and describes them using the Library of Congress Classification system. This system assigns each book or journal a unique call number: a letter followed by decimals and numbers. Items are then arranged on shelves with call numbers in alphanumeric order.  See how it works: 

For example the letter F is assigned to the History of the Americas and F 61 - F 75 is the number range for books about Massachusetts. Other numbers in the call number may relate to the author's name, the title, or the year of publication. So, for the book title History of Worcester, Massachusetts  the call number is F 74 .W9. 

WSU eBook Collections

Searching for books and ebooks

To limit your search to books and ebooks (ignoring databases and ejournals) go to the library home page's search bar and select select the Books & Media Tab. Or click here.

On the search page, use the blue tabs to choose what kind of search you want to do.