12. September 2013 14:33
Call numbers are derived from a classification system used by libraries to organize materials into classes (subjects) so like materials are shelved together. Our Library uses the Library of Congress Classification System which is often used by academic libraries in the United States and other countries. You may be more familiar with the Dewey Decimal Classification System, most often used by public libraries. You can find call numbers on the spine or cover (lower left corner) of the material. Call numbers also appear in the results list and item records in the catalog. If an item in the catalog doesn’t have a call number then it’s an online resource.
The call number can be narrowed into very specific subjects:
a. K is for Law
b. KF is for Law in the United States
c. KF801 is for Contract Law in the United States
d. KF801.A7 is for Casebooks on Contract Law in the United States
e. KF801.Z9 is for Study Aids on Contract Law in the United States
Now that you know what a call number is you can use this information to locate materials in any academic library. Find study aids on Contracts in any collection (or library) by looking for items with the call number KF801.Z9. Many call numbers contain the publishing date to help ensure you select the latest edition. Glannon Guide to Contracts, KF801.Z9 S49 2013 was published in 2013. Finally, find a greater number of materials on a subject by looking for materials with similar call numbers.
*For more information on call numbers please refer to the library maps located at the Research Desk.
24. April 2013 08:28
May I recommend a short, amusing and educational publication? It is a great poolside read with actual court opinions. The title is Judges Say the Darndest Things. Check its availability in your Law Library by clicking the title.
The sections Fred Shackelford compiled for the book might just clarify concepts for you.
See one of the selected opinions published in rhyme on Westlaw: Fisher v. Lowe, 333 N.W.2d 67 (Mich. Ct. App. 1983) (You will have to log into your Westlaw account). See also Irvin v. Smith, 654 N.E.2d 189 (Ohio 1993) (You will have to log into your Lexis account).
27. March 2013 14:33
Conducting a search in the catalog can produce an overwhelming amount of results. The good news is that these results can be narrowed by selecting facets. Facets are located on the left side of the screen and allow the user to narrow by areas such as format, location and publication date. These are just three of the many facets you can select. A user can narrow by one or more facets at the same time. I ran a search on adoption which returned 228 results. I decided to narrow my results by electronic format and records that had my search term in the subject. I now have 14 results, which is much more manageable. Next time you conduct a search in the catalog use facets to find more pertinent results.
28. February 2013 15:10
Most patrons think of the Catalog as a resource to find a call number for a book located on a shelf. While this is still the case the Catalog has so much more to offer. A simple search on Adoption produced records with links to resources in databases like Lexis, HeinOnline, and Westlaw. Records for additional electronic formats include websites that are both useful and credible. Over 50,000 articles were located; an advanced search should be done to narrow results. Finally, five eBooks and over 60 print books were found.
The next time you begin a research project you may want to start with the Catalog. You never know what you’ll find!
(Image from Catalog)