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Some help finding various resources that will aid in beginning research, composing a research paper, and writing a bibliography.
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Related Call Numbers

The following call numbers about careers, jobs, and employment will enable you to browse the shelves for books in your topic fairly quickly. Bear in mind: Not all of the following call numbers may contain any items on the shelves.

158.6 Psychology -- vocational interests (e.g., how to manage stress, interview effectively, etc.)
331 Labor by industry and occupation
331.124 Job vacancies (openings, opportunities)
331.125 Information on current active employment
331.128 Placement (employment agencies, job banks, sources of job info, etc.)
331.702 Career opportunities
331.7023 Career opportunities for specific educational levels
331.71 Professional and managerial occupations
331.76 Specific industries and jobs
331.761 Careers in industry
331.762 - .769 Careers in extractive, manufacturing, and construction industries
331.79 Specific groups
331.792 White-collar jobs
331. 793 Service jobs
331.794 Industrial jobs
331.795 Government work (incl. federal)
331.798 Unskilled work


How to find books

When looking for books, a lot depends on how much you know about what you're looking for. Search through the Library's Classic Catalog a little bit and take note of the call numbers you see most often when looking at books about your topic. These numbers will help prevent you from getting completely lost in the stacks.

If, however, you prefer a less old-fashioned approach, here are two ways you can use the Library's catalog, to find what you're looking for. The link to the Library's Classic Catalog is available in the box to the left -- it's called "Library Classic Catalog." We'll be using The Companion to Museum Studies as an example.

If you're not too sure exactly what topic you're looking for (this technique works in the "Classic" catalog; look for a link to it in the upper right of the current catalog):

  1. When you're in the Classic Catalog, follow this procedure:
    • In the search box, type "331", as an example (see the 'Related Call Numbers' box below to the left for examples in your topic).
    • To the right, there is a field labeled By: Scroll all the way down to the bottom of that field until you see the last item, "Call Number." Select that.
    • Click "Search."
  2. Wait. Call-number searches always take a while.
  3. Read the very long list that pops up and look for something that might be what you need.

If you know what topic you'd like to research:

  1. You can use the matching call number, as listed below, using the procedure outlined above.
  2. You can also use the descriptions next to the call numbers in the listing below. Here's how to go about that.
    • Say you want to find something about careers in Washington, DC.
    • Determine the important keywords in your search:
      • careers
      • washington dc
    • Enter the following into the Classic Catalog search box on careers washington dc
    • Click "Go;" a list of results will come up.
    • Look on the right for the Select Library drop-down menu and select Gallaudet
    • New results will come up, this time limited to Gallaudet books. You will see The ECO Guide to Careers that Make a Difference in the list of results.
    • Click on the title and look at the record. You're set!

How do call numbers work?

Call numbers are unique identifiers for each book. They start with three main digits, like the ones you see on the spine of a book or on a sign taped to the side of one of our shelves. Those signs tell you what three-digit numbers those shelves hold, such as "185-199." Sometimes they include an extra decimal point if the three-digit number has a lot of books on it, like "813.52-813.54."

Call numbers are always in order! You start with the first three digits, then each number to the right of the decimal point counts up, like an odometer.

You will also see a part of the number that begins and ends with a letter, like: S228k. They are also in order, from A-Z for the first letter, then from 0-9 for each number, then again for the final letter.

After that, you will see a year. Those are also in order.

Happy hunting!


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