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Reference Guides

Subject guides for the Reference Collection at the Theodore Sedgwick Wright Library

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Subject guides for the reference collection

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 Use these subject guides to discover introductory tools for your research.

Note that titles with *** are also available in an electronic version. Access to these particular resources is password protected.

Quick hits

The literature of theology

BR118 .B69 2003 

This text, though slightly dated, is very worth perusing.

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Library of Congress Classification System

The Wright Library uses the Library of Congress call number system to organize the collection by subject. Catalogers assign specific call numbers to books and journals. Call numbers are printed on the spine or front cover of every book and journal in the main collection. The bibliographic records in the online catalog (OPAC) provide the call number for items in the collection. The call number indicates both the general subject and the location of the item.

Anatomy of a call number:

  Sakenfeld, Katharine Doob,
        Louisville, Ky. : John Knox Press, c1999.
 BS1315.3 .S25 1999  


BS-letter line, describes general subject area (Bible)

1315.3-number line, narrows subject area (Book of Ruth)

.S25-"cutter" line, further narrows subject area or specifies author (Sakenfeld)

1999-year of publication

Tutorial for doing online research

A few books about copyright

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