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Use this search if you know the complete call number of a particular item – it is the quickest way to retrieve a record.

The call number is a number which is assigned to all works, locating them together by topic on the shelf. The result of call number search is a list of items arranged in the order they are shelved.

Use this search if you know the classification number of the topic you are interested in, and wish to "browse" the shelves electronically. This search is a useful alternative to subject searching, because you will find other works related to your topic of interest, in the same call number area.

We use a variety of call number systems to organise books and other materials. The Dewey Decimal Classification is used for most materials.

Examples are given below of call number searches for different materials:

Book
901.9 1995 Fan
Journal
300.18 P1
Thesis
thesis 1996 par
Manuscript
ms0012
Sound recording (CD)
cd0008
Music score
score m939 kdv
Microfilm reel
r2716

How to search by call number

Note: you can only search by call number in the Library catalogue

  1. Finding a specific item
  2. Browsing by call number
  3. Call number prefixes
  4. Finding a thesis by call number

Finding a specific item

If you know the complete call number of a particular item, this search is the quickest way to find it in the catalogue. Type in the call number, from the beginning of the number, and include all punctuation, spacing and the decimal point.

To find the journal Science, type:

  • 505 p38

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Browsing by call number

A call number search allows the shelves to be ‘browsed’ electronically for items on the same topic.

The result of a call number search is a list of items beginning with your search term, arranged in the order they are shelved. The less of the call number you type, the more general the topic.

For example, if you search by "3" you will retrieve records starting at 300 (social sciences); if you search by "34" you will retrieve records starting at 340 (law); if you search by "341" you will retrieve records starting at 341 (international law). To retrieve a list of items on a particular topic, search using only the part of the call number that most closely matches your topic.

To retrieve a list of items on law, type:

  • 340 or 34

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Call number prefixes

Some call numbers are preceded by a prefix, as follows:

  • J Japanese Collection
  • N Newspaper Collection
  • P Periodical Collection
  • Q Quarto size
  • F Folio size.

Do not enter the prefix when searching by call number.

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Finding theses by call number

All theses are assigned a call number consisting of "thesis" followed by the year in which the degree was granted. A call number search allows you to browse a list of theses by year of "publication".

To retrieve a list of theses "published" in 1999, type:

  • thesis 1999

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