To find a book in the library you first need the call number, which you can find online when you look up the book in WorldCat Discovery. Make sure you're looking at something actually available at Goucher!
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Books are arranged by subject - everything about Queen Elizabeth will be in one section, everything about molecular biology will be in another section, everything about Germany's political system will be in another. Sometimes it's a good idea to just go to the particular section you need and look around on the shelves. We use the Dewey Decimal System. See below for a breakdown of different topics, and determine what section you need.
000 General Knowledge. Library Stacks Level 1
Computers and the Internet, UFOs and Unexplained Mysteries, Almanacs, Encyclopedias, Libraries, Museums, Newspapers, World Records.
Library Stacks Level 1
100 Psychology and Philosophy. Library Stacks Level 1
Death & Dying, Ethics, Emotions and Feelings, Logic, Making Friends, Optical Illusions, Superstitions.
200 Religions and Mythology. Library Stacks Level 1
Amish, Bible Stories, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Quakers, and other world religions; Greek, Roman, and other myths.
300 Social Sciences and Folklore. Library Stacks Levels 1 and 2
Children's Literature Anthologies, Plays, Poetry, Shakespeare, Writing Process.
900 Geography and History. Library Stacks Level 4
Ancient World, Biographies, Countries, Native Americans, States, Travel, Wars.
We use one of the standard systems for organizing materials in a library, the Dewey Decimal System. This system helps us keep materials organized in a way that you can locate them easily. However, the system is flawed both in its organization and its historical context.
For more information on the history of the system, its creator, and controversies see our Anti-Oppression guide.