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Historic Preservation: Finding Books

A research guide to finding books, articles, and other resources in Historic Preservation

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Locating books on the shelves

When you find a physical book in Quest, write down its call number, and then go to the shelves.

To use call numbers, read them from the top down.

A label on the spine of a book, displaying the call number PR 8875 .P46 1999
 

For example, here's how you'd find this book:

  • First, follow the alphabet to the PR section of the library, which is part of the larger P section.
  • Next, within the PR section, look in numerical order for 8875.
  • Next, within the books numbered 8875, look in alphabetical and numerical order for .P46.
  • (1999 is the year the book was published.)

Library of Congress Classification

Books are shelved according to Library of Congress Classification. In this system, the library is divided into twenty-one broad subject areas, each of which is assigned one letter of the alphabet.

Here are some alphabetical codes that are relevant to historic preservation:

  • AM -- Museums
  • E -- American history (general)
  • -- American history (specific localities)
  • KF -- Law of the United States (including preservation laws)
  • NA -- Architecture
  • NK -- Decorative arts
  • TS -- Manufactures
  • TT -- Handicrafts, arts and crafts

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

If you find an item that belongs to another library system, you may request it through Interlibrary loan (ILL).

To place an interlibrary loan request, you will need to create a free UMW Libraries ILL Account.

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