Answered By: April Aultman Becker
Last Updated: Nov 07, 2016     Views: 22

After you search for the book you want in WebCat, our library catalog, do the following:

  • Look at the WebCat "Item Information" record and find the Dewey decimal number in the lower left corner. This is a series of numbers with a decimal in it. It is a unique number used as the "address" of your book. Write that entire Dewey decimal number down on a sheet of paper. Also note the "location" of the book which will tell you which floor of the library the book is on.
  • Go to the floor where your book is located. Most of the books you can check out will be on the 3rd floor.
  • Each of the rows of shelves have a plaque with a range of numbers on them. Find the row labeled with the range of numbers in which your Dewey decimal number falls. Go down this row and you will find that the numbers go in order from lowest to highest.
  • Walk down the row, looking at the numbers until you come to the book with your Dewey number.

If you need help finding a book in the library, don't be afraid to ask at the first floor Information Desk for help!

If you want to practice finding a book, try these fun online exercises: http://library.mtsu.edu/dewey/#What

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