Call Number: Each item in a library has its own address, so it can be found easily. Library of Congress call numbers, made up of letters and numbers, are used by most colleges, including ours. When two different college libraries have the same item, it will have the same address in both libraries.
Each line of a call number has a specific meaning.
For example, if you see this record in the catalog:
by Melnky, B; Fineout-Overhold, E.
Football United States History 20th century...
You would read the call number like this:
GV = Nursing
M44=Author number (notice the author's last name starts with E)
Call numbers are based on Subject Headings.
Subject headings: The brief description of a subject of an item. College libraries use the Library of Congress Subject Headings. Subject headings bring materials on the same topic or topics together.
All subject headings relate to specific call numbers. For example, all items discussing nursing begin with RT.
In the GGC Library, items also have locations and statuses.
Locations in the GGC Library include Circulating (which means the book can be checked out), Reference (which means the books cannot be checked out), Oversize (books on the third floor), and Electronic (books available on or off-campus as e-books).
Statuses let you know if the book is available.
Sometimes it can be very useful to browse in a specific range of call numbers to see books on similar topics. Here is a link to the Library of Congress Classification Outline.
R Medicine (General)
729.5N87 Nurse-physician joint practice
RA Public Aspects of Medicine
421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive medicine
RC Internal Medicine
71 Examination. Diagnosis
266 Cancer nursing
311.8 Tuberculosis nursing
350.5 Neurological nursing
440 Psychiatric nursing
674 Cardiovascular disease nursing
735.5 Respiratory disease nursing
954 Geriatric nursing
966 Industrial nursing
1097 Aviation nursing
91 Asepsis and antisepsis
99 Surgical nursing
596 Neurosurgical nursing
88 Ophthalmic nursing
RG Gynecology and Obstetrics
105 Gynecological nursing
133 Conception. Artificial insemination. Contraception
940 Maternal care. Prenatal care service
951 Maternity nursing. Obstetrical nursing
50 Examination. Diagnosis
101 Child health. Child health services.
245 Pediatric nursing
247 School nursing
60.5 Dental nursing
125 Dermatologic nursing
RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
125 Therapeutics and materia medica for nurses
214 Diet therapy
700 Physical therapy for nurses
RS Pharmacy and Materia Medica
48 Nursing assessment
48.5 Diagnostic techniques. Laboratory tests, etc.
48.6 Nursing diagnosis
49 Nursing care plans
49 Nursing records.Charting
49.5 Computer applications
55 Problems, exercises, examinations
65 Medicine and surgery for nurses
74.7 Preceptorships in nursing education
75 Graduate nursing education
76 Continuing nursing education
81.5 Research. Experimentation
82 Nursing as a profession
82.8 Nurse practitioners
84.5 Philosophy of nursing. Nursing models
85 Nursing ethics
85.2 Religious aspects
85.5 Standards for care
86.3 Nurse and patient
86.54 Transcultural nursing
86.7 Practice of nursing. Economics
87.N87 Nutritional care. Feeding patients
89 Nursing administration
90 Teaching. Patient teaching. Nursing education
90.3 Health Promotion. Health education
97 Public health nursing
98 Community health nursing
120.C45 Chronic diseases
120.E4 Emergency nursing
120.F34 Family nursing
120.H65 Home nursing
120.I5 Intensive care
120.L64 Long-term care facilities
120.O9 Outpatient facilities
RV Botanic, Thomsonian, and Eclectic Medicine
RZ Other Systems of Medicine