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Forensic Science: Find Books

Locate Books Using the SLU Libraries Catalog 

  •  You can search the Catalog from off-campus
  •  Search Pius Library (not View Entire Collection)
  •  Note: The Catalog includes records for publication types other than books!
    • Keyword Search -- Searches all fields of a record (subject headings, title, table of contents, etc.)
      • Example:     Serial killers
      • Example:     Jeffrey Dahmer
    • Subject Search -- Searches only valid Library of Congress (LC) Subject Headings
      • Example:     Serial murderers -- United States -- Psychology
      • Example:     Murder -- Investigation -- Case studies
      • Example:     Dahmer, Jeffrey 
SLU Library Catalog

        Location Guide

        Use a Location Guide [handout] to find the shelf location of books in Pius Library!

        LC Call Number Facts


        American public discourse : a multicultural perspective / edited by Ronald K. Burke.
        PublishedLanham, Md. : University Press of America, c1992.Descriptionxi, 328 p. ; 24 cm.

        Call Number as seen in Library Catalog:  E184.A1 A6365 1992

        Call Number as seen on book    

         Call Number Description


        Tips for Locating a Call Number on Shelf

        Read the call number line by line

        Read first line in alphabetical order

        A, B, BF, BS, C, D, E, F, G, GN, ...L, LA, LB, LC, ... M, ML, MT, N, P, PA, PN, Q, QA, QB, QC, QD, ..., Z

        Read the second line as a whole number

        1, 2, 3, 10, 55, 100, 142, 184, 201, 2000, 2450, 3000, ... 9999

        Read the letter on the third (and possibly fourth) line first, then read the number as a decimal

        .A1 = A, then .1

        .M45 = M, then .45

        Finally, read the year the book was published

        1984, 1992, 1997, 2001, 2008,...