Library Terms and Research Concepts

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Call Numbers: Most of the IU Libraries use the Library of Congress Classification system. Most books are usually shelved by call number which help to group books on the same subject together.

Database: is a large collection of information organized especially for efficient search and retrieval. Read the Database Basics part of this tutorial to learn more about using databases.

IUCAT: is the Indiana University Library Catalog. This electronic catalog tell you what books, magazines, journals, movies, government publications and other materials the IU Libraries have. IUCAT keeps track of materials available in the Main Library, campus libraries, as well as libraries at other IU campuses such as IU South Bend.



Why do you need the call number of a book?

  1. To find out where the book is located in the library

  2. To find out if you can check it out

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