Library Instruction

All students enrolled in CC100 receive a 1-hour block of instruction from the library faculty on the use of the library’s resources. 

In-Person Reference/Research Consultations
The Reference Services Coordinator and the Director of Library Services are available to help you with research and using the library. In addition, these librarians offer individualized research consultations. These consultations can be the first step in planning your research and finding information on your topic for projects big and small. Research consultations are an excellent opportunity to get individualized help from a librarian in finding and using reference books, electronic databases, the library's online catalog, and other resources.

Course-Based Instruction
The library faculty provide course-based instruction.  Any faculty member may request specialized instruction relevant to class projects. The library offers these course-based sessions in order to teach students about the information resources that are appropriate for an assignment in a specific class. In consultation with the faculty member, a librarian will design a presentation that meets the stated goals and objectives of the class. Reservations may be made through the director’s office (487-7110) or the office of the Reference Services Coordinator (487-7120).

Dewey Decimal Classification
A short tutorial on understanding the Dewey Decimal Classification system. 

Library of Congress Classification

A classification system developed and used at the Library of Congress since 1897, the Library of Congress Classification system (LC) divides the field of knowledge into twenty large classes with an additional class on general works. This notation allows more combinations and greater specificity without long notations. It is used by most academic libraries.

The LC system originated in the Library of Congress, a private library for senators and representatives in Washington, as a way of organizing materials on shelves. In recent decades, as LC has made its records available electronically, more libraries have adopted LC for both shelving and cataloging. Once an item is LC cataloged, you will need to understand the number to retrieve the physical item you have selected.

What Do the Parts of the Call Number Mean and How are Call Numbers Arranged on the Shelves?

  • LC generally organizes materials by subject.
  • The LC number appears in  three main parts, and may contain  additional parts that  together provide a unique identifier for the item. 
  • One or more parts may be omitted; this represents the judgment of the cataloger that the remaining parts  suffice to provide a unique identifier.
  • The  three main parts are organized in this way:

1.       letter or letters (KF 801 .C65) 
A single letter represents a broad, general subject 
For Example: K = Law; 
multiple letters mean a narrower subject within it 
For Example: KF = US federal law. 
This part of the call number is arranged alphabetically on the shelves, so J would come before K which would come before KF

2.       number (KF  801 .C65) 
This middle part further defines the subject. 
For Example: In the subject area of law, it designates a type of material. 801 = general/comprehensive works. 
To determine the arrangement of the call number on the shelves, read these numbers the way you would count: 30 comes before 300 which
  comes before 3000.

3.       one or more  Cutter numbers (KF 801  .C65
Named after a cataloguer, this number represents the beginning letter of a person's (author, editor, etc.) last name with a number that interpolates it between other names beginning with the same letter 
For  Example: 
Calamari, John D. = .C26 
Corbin, Arthur L. = .C65 
The above number may be preceded by a cutter number that further divides the subject, or gives some information about the form of the item, such as whether it is an outline, form book, or case book. 
To determine the arrangement on the shelves, read Cutter numbers the way you would read a decimal: .3 comes before .301 which comes before .31.

  • The LC number may have  additional parts:

1.       date: (KF 801 .C65  1960) which distinguishes among different editions of the same work;

2.       volume number (KF 801 .C65  v.3A 1960).

LC Classification Scheme

The Library of Congress Classification Scheme allows for greater precision in most fields and more room for expansion than the Dewey Decimal Classification System.

Each Library of Congress classification is represented by a set of capital letters and numbers. The first letter in the set indicates one of 21 major areas of knowledge.

A -- General Works 
B -- Philosophy, psychology, and religion 
C -- History: Auxiliary Sciences 
D -- History: General and Old World 
E -- History: America and U.S., general 
F -- History: America and U.S., local 
G -- Geography, anthropology, folklore, etc. 
H -- Social sciences, economics, business, sociology 
J -- Political Sciences 
K -- Law 
L -- Education 
M -- Music 
N -- Fine arts 
P -- Philology, linguistics, language, and literature 
Q -- Science 
R -- Medicine 
S -- Agriculture 
T -- Technology 
U -- Military Science 
V -- Naval science 
Z -- Bibliography and library science 
I, O, X, and Y are not used

Additional information about the Library of Congress appears on its Web FAQ page at:



How to Download EBSCO eBooks

EBSCO eBooks may be read by selecting either eBook Full Text or Download (Offline)

1.   Download (Offline allows a user access to the book for up to 7 days on a mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.  It is only available to LaCollege faculty, students, and staff.

2.   eBook Full Text allows a user to read the book online without downloading during a single online session.  It is available to all on campus users and as an off-campus service to LaCollege faculty, students, and staff when using the appropriate username and password.

 Getting Started:

There's a few steps here, but you only have to go through the initial process once. Then, it's quick and easy to download:

Adobe Digital Editions

To download eBooks to an eReader you will need to download Adobe Digital Editions to your computer and authorize Digital Editions with your Adobe ID.

Download Adobe Digital Editions to your computer

  • Windows 7  & Mac users, download Adobe Digital Editions 3.0
  • Windows XP and Nook Simple Touch users, download Adobe Digital Editions 1.7.2.: - software is located under “Manually install Adobe Digital Editions for Windows” (We have noticed that the use of newer editions of Adobe Digital Editions may cause the program to crash when using Windows XP and is not compatible with the Nook Simple Touch)
  • Create an Adobe ID.
  • Select "Sign in" in the upper right hand corner of the Adobe website.
  • Select the link, "Don't have an Adobe ID?" just below the yellow "Sign in" button.
  • Follow instructions to create an ID.
  • Open Digital Editions on your computer and go to the "Help" function on the top toolbar.
  • Select "Authorize Computer"
  • Enter your Adobe ID.


Verify or create an EBSCO login through the LC Library, click on the EBSCO Discovery Services link and click on "sign in" tab at the top of the page.  You will be redirected to the EBSCO sign in page.

Depending on the device you are using, follow these instructions:

IPad, IPhone & Google Nexus: Click Here

Kindle Fire, HD & HDX: Click Here

Nook Simple Touch: Click Here


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