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Simpson Library | Special Collections

Communication and Digital Studies: Books

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

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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 noteworthy classifications for Communcation:

  • HM711-806 Groups and organizations
    • HM756-781 Community
    • HM786-806 Organizational sociology. Organization theory
  • HM831-901 Social change
  • P87-96 Communication. Mass media
    • P94.7 Interpersonal communication
    • P95-95.6 Oral communication. Speech
  • P101-410 Language. Linguistic theory. Comparative grammar
    • P301-301.5 Style. Composition. Rhetoric
  • PN101-245 Authorship
    • PN172-239 Technique. Literary composition, etc.
  • PN4001-4355 Oratory. Elocution, etc.
    • PN4071-4095 Study and teaching
    • PN4177-4191 Debating
    • PN4199-4321 Recitations (in English)
    • PN4331-4355 Recitations in foreign languages

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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