Where is That Book?
Ever wonder how books are shelved?
In this library we use The Library of Congress Classification System to organize books on the shelves. The LC SYSTEM organizes material in libraries according to twenty-one branches of knowledge called classes. The system uses letters to represent the twenty-one broad branches of knowledge. The letters I, O, W, X AND Y are not used.
The twenty-one classes are:
A – GENERAL WORKS
B – PHILOSOPHY, PSYCHOLOGY, RELIGION
C – AUXILIARY SCIENCES OF HISTORY
D – HISTORY: GENERAL & OUTSIDE THE AMERICAS
E – HISTORY: UNITED STATES
F – HISTORY: UNITED STATES LOCAL & AMERICAS
G – GEOGRAPHY, ANTHROPOLOGY, RECREATION
H – SOCIAL SCIENCE
J – POLITICAL SCIENCE
K – LAW
L – EDUCATION
M – MUSIC & BOOKS ON MUSIC
N – FINE ARTS
P – LANGUAGE & LITERATURE
Q – SCIENCE
R – MEDICINE
S – AGRICULTURE
T – TECHNOLOGY
U – MILITARY SCIENCE
V – NAVAL SCIENCE
Z – BIBLIOGRAPHY, LIBRARY SCIENCE & INFORMATION RESOURCES
These twenty-one broad subject areas are further divided into more specific subject areas by adding one or two additional letters as well as some numbers. For a more detailed breakdown of any subject, go to the Library of Congress web page.
So, How Do I Find a Book on the Shelf?
Try this exercise, which was put together by the librarians at Lewis-Clark State University, to see if you have figured out the Library of Congress system!
Finding Books on Your Topic
Once you have chosen a topic and done your background research you will be ready to conduct more comprehensive research using books. Books can provide a broad overview of a topic or in-depth information.
Click on the link for the LIBRARY CATALOG to find books available in the Cerritos College Library.
You can search for books by author, title, subject, or keyword.
Have you tried Electronic Books for your research?
Electronic Books or eBooks are simply the digital versions of published print materials. They are available and searchable 24 hours a days, seven days a week. Browse or search one of the Cerritos College Libary eBook collections listed below to access a wide range of research, reference, and reading materials.
- Most eBooks require login for off-campus use.
- Enter your Cerritos College login when prompted.
- For more login information see the Database Login page.
|To search for specific eBooks in the library collection: Use the Library Catalog to search by subject, keyword, author, or title and then, in the left hand column under Material Type, check the box for E-Book and click Include.|