General Library Research
After consulting reference sources for overviews or authoritative information on your topic, you are ready to begin looking for circulating books (books which may be checked out) on your topic.
Circulating books are typically useful for their in-depth treatment of subjects. Many books also have bibliographies or further reading suggestions that may lead you to other useful resources on your topic.
The Library of Congress uses the following broad subject categories:
|A - General Works||M - Music & Books on Music|
|B - Philosophy, Psychology, Religion||N - Fine Arts|
|C - Auxiliary Sciences of History||P - Language & Literature|
|D - World History & History of Europe, Asia, Africa||Q - Science|
|E - History: America||R - Medicine|
|F - History: America||S - Agriculture|
|G - Geography, Anthropology, Recreation||T - Technology|
|H - Social Sciences||U - Military Science|
|J - Political Science||V - Naval Science|
|K - Law||Z - Bibliography, Library Science, Information Resources|
|L - Education|
By browsing through books in your subject area, you will become more familiar with the range of information in that discipline and you will likely stumble upon several helpful sources. On the other hand, browsing can be imprecise, and you may overlook many useful sources (including those which the library owns on your subject but which are currently checked out to other patrons).
To search more precisely for books, you will need to search the UCF
Library Catalog or OneSearch, which will be covered in the next section of this tutorial.
Last updated May 06, 2013 4:25:56 PM