Do you have a collection of books or music at home? If so, how big is it? How do you keep it organized so you can find what you are looking for?
Books in Armacost Library are organized in two ways:
Each book has a call number, an "address" consisting of letters and numbers that defines the book's place on the shelf.
Books are organized by subject in order to allow you to use browsing as a strategy for finding physical books on your topic.
Once you find an item that is relevant, take note of the call number and find your book on the shelf. Nearby books will be on the same topic.
When you find an item using the library's online catalog, you can also use the virtual browse feature at the bottom of the record to view "nearby" records on similar subjects.
Browsing for articles is not as useful when you are trying to research a particular topic because of how many journals and articles are out there.
However, browsing journals is a good way to learn about the latest research in a particular field. Graduate students particularly find this helpful for getting to know what issues are of interest to scholars and what research methods are popular.
If you want to read a particular journal, look it up in the Read a Journal search on the library home page. The search results will take you to the current issue of the journal in one of the library databases.
The two systems for structuring information in libraries, subject headings and call numbers, go together like peanut butter and jelly.
Both systems divide the world of knowledge into categories and group items together based on what they are about.
Physical books can have more than one subject heading, but they can only be shelved in one place. This means that:
To get the best results, use subject searching and call number browsing together!
Music books are shelved on the 3rd floor and have call numbers beginning with M, ML or MT:
M - Music Scores
M1-M3 Collected works scores
M5 Instrumental scores
M1000 Orchestral scores
M1495 Vocal scores
ML - Music Literature
ML162 Historical periods
ML198 Regions and countries
ML1400 Musical genres
ML3845 Philosophy and music criticism
MT - Music Instruction and Study (Technical)
MT 1 Music education
MT 6 Norton Anthologies (required reading)
MT 39 Sibelius manual
MT 40 Composition
MT 80 Conducting
MT 90 Analysis
MT 190 Keyboard exercises
MT 260 String exercises
MT 339 Wind exercises
MT 418 Brass exercises
MT 555 Percussion exercises
MT 800 Vocal exercises
MT 900 Working with ensembles
Art books are shelved on the 3rd floor and have call numbers beginning with the letter N.
N60 - Philosophies, psychologies and theories of art
N81 - Teaching art
N5300 - Art history
N4300 - Art exhibitions
N8530 - Artists, art studios, materials
N8600 - Careers in art
NA - Architecture
NB - Sculpture
NC - Drawing, anatomy, cartoons and advertising
ND - Painting
NE - Printmaking and engraving
NK - Decorative arts, furniture, and ceramics
NX280 - Art education
NX650 - Art activism
NX760 - Arts funding
Books about the creative writing process are shelved on the 3rd floor and have call numbers starting with PN:
PN101 - Authorship
PN1010 - Poetry
PN1600 - Drama
PN1997 - Film scripts
PN3311 - Prose fiction
PN4699 - Journalism
Books on technical theatre are shelved on the 3rd floor and have call numbers beginning with PN:
PN 2053 - Directing, managing, dramaturgy
PN 2061 - Acting
PN 2067 - Costume
PN 2068 - Makeup
PN 2071 - Movement
PN 2091 - Lighting, props, set design
Novels, poetry, literary essays and plays are shelved on the 3rd floor and have call numbers starting with the letter P. Books are organized by language and then by historical period.
PA - Greek, Latin
PG - Russian
PQ - French
PR - British
PS - American
PT - German
Photography books are shelved on the 4th floor and have call numbers starting with TR.
TR1 - Photography exhibitions, photographers
TR250 - Photographic process
TR624 - Applied photography, photographers
TR897 - Digital film and imaging software