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IDS 108 - University Success Skills

This guide provides resources and information for IDS 108.

Finding Books

The best way to find books at Milner Library is by searching the Library Catalog. The catalog searches all physical and electronic books at Milner Library. If you know the title of a book, you can search by title, or you can search by keyword.

For example, search "butterflies" to see all books related to butterflies at Milner Library. 

Searching the Catalog

Introduction to Combined Search developed by Instruction and Student Engagement Department, Milner Library, Illinois State University.
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Refining Your Search developed by Instruction and Student Engagement Department, Milner Library, Illinois State University.
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Reading Call Numbers

How do you read call numbers?

Read call numbers by each separate part. See the image below to learn about the different parts.

 

What is the purpose of call numbers?

Each book in the library has a unique call number. A call number is like an address: it tells us where the book is located in the library.

Call numbers appear on the spines of books and in the online catalog.

Image illustrating where call numbers are found on physical items and where they are located in the library catalog.

Note that the same call number can be written from top-to-bottom, or left-to-right.

Milner Library uses Library of Congress Classification for call numbers. This system uses a combination of letters and numbers to arrange materials by subjects.

In the Catalog, you can find the location of an item and its availability. For maps showing the path to the different locations, look at the Find an Item in the Library tab.

Image of a catalog record of a book located on the 6th floor, with the call number LB2395 .D739 2010