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Research Process: Books

Why Use Books

Why use these: Use books for broad information about a topic, such as historical background, biographical information, or to fully understand the context of a specific research topic. All books listed are in the General Collection, which is on the Third Floor of the library. In addition to these books, you can search the library's catalog for your topic of interest. You may also browse the relevant sections of the library.

The Library of Congress Classification System

A General Works Encyclopedias, dictionaries and other general reference works, indexes, museums, newspapers, periodicals, learned societies, almanacs, yearbooks, directories
B Philosophy, Psychology, Religion Philosophy, Logic, Psychology, Aesthetics, Ethics, Religion 
C Auxiliary Sciences of History (Archaeology, Heraldry, Genealogy, Biography)
D World History (General History, Great Britain, Central Europe, History of Austria. Liechtenstein. Hungary. Czechoslovakia, France, Andorra, Monaco,Germany, Greco-Roman World, Greece, Italy, other Europe, Russia, Asia, Africa, Oceania
E History of the Americas United States
F History of the Americas United States local history, history of Canada, Latin America
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation Geography, Oceanography, Environmental Sciences, Anthropology, Folklore, Manners and Customs, Recreation
H Social Sciences Statistics, economic theory, economic history, industries, land use, labor,, transportation and communications, commerce, finance, sociology,  Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform, The Family. Marriage. Women, Societies: secret, benevolent, etc, Communities. Classes. Races, Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology, Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
J Political Science Political science (General), political theory, Political institutions and public administration, Local government. Municipal government, Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration, International relations
K Law Law in general. Comparative and uniform law. Jurisprudence, Religious law in general. Comparative religious law. Jurisprudence, Jewish Law, Islamic Law, History of Cannon Law, Law of the Roman Catholic Church, Law in the regions of the world
L Education history of education, theory and practice of education, textbooks
M Music and Books on Music Music, literature on music
N Fine Arts Visual Arts, Architecture, Sculpture, Drawing, Design, Illustration, Painting, Print Media, Decorative Arts
P Language and Literature Greek, Latin, Romance Languages, Germanic Languages,  Slavic Languages, Oriental Languages, Indo-Iranian languages, Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania, English Literature, American Literature, juvenile, drama, braodcasts, Television
Q Science Mathematics, Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Natural History, Biology, Botany, Zoology, Human Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology
R Medicine Internal Medicine, Pathology, Surgery, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Gynecology and obstetrics, Pediatrics, Dentistry, Dermatology, Therapeutics. Pharmacology, Pharmacy and materia medica, Nursing, Botanic, Thomsonian, and eclectic medicine,  Homeopathy, Other systems of medicine
S Agriculture  Plant culture, Forestry, Animal culture, Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling, Hunting sports
T Technology Engineering, (civil,hydraulic, environmental,  highway, railroad, Bridge) building construction, electrical engineering, Mechanical engineering and machinery, Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics, Mining engineering. Metallurgy, Chemical technology, Chemical engineering, photography, Manufactures, Handicrafts. Arts and crafts, Home economics 
U Military Science Armies: Organization, distribution, military situation, Military administration, Maintenance and transportation, Infantry, Cavalry. Armor, Artillery, Military engineering, Air forces. Air warfare
V Naval Sciences Navies: Organization, distribution, naval situation, Naval administration, Naval maintenance, Naval seamen, Marines, Naval ordnance, Minor services of navies, Navigation. Merchant marine, Naval architecture. Shipbuilding. Marine engineering, 
Z  Bibliography. Library Science, Information Resources (General)  Books (General). Writing. Paleography History of books and bookmaking, Information resources (General)