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FS 102: French Literature of the Occupation: Weapons of the Spirit  

Spring 2017
Last Updated: Jan 11, 2017 URL: http://library.allegheny.edu/WolfeP Print Guide RSS Updates

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Finding Background Information

  

 

Pelletier Library-a physical guide!

What is a call number?

In brief, it is the address of the book.  

Pelletier Library uses Dewey Decimal classification system to keep our books in order. 

In the Dewey Decimal classification system, books on similar subjects are grouped together by means of their call numbers.

The main Dewey Decimal classes are:

000 Generalities
100 Philosophy and psychology
200 Religion
300 Social Sciences
400 Language
500 Natural sciences and mathematics
600 Technology (Applied sciences)
700 The arts (fine and decorative)
800 Literature and rhetoric
900 Geography and history


Each class is further subdivided at the hundred divisions and the the thousand sections. Numbers are placed after a decimal point to further identify material more specifically by subject.

Making sense of a call number

The numbers place the book near other books of similiar subjects.  So, a biography of Camus would be in a different place than a novel by Camus.  A critical work about Camus would be near the actual works by Camus.

Here is a sample of a book title and Dewey decimal call number. Note how, as we analyze the call number, each line leads to more specific information about the book's topic:

Books - Upper Floor 843.91 C159 s c.2 AVAILABLE

The Stranger by Albert Camus

840 French and related literature

genre

843 French novels

.91  Author wrote primarily between 1900-1989

Cutter Numbers
The second line in the call number is called the Cutter number, and it further distinguishes the book. The Cutter Number indicates the author of a book. In the case where there is no author, the title of the book is used. 

C159 would place all books by Camus on the same "subject" together on the shelf.

 

Finding Books in Allecat

Search ALLECAT:

Suggestions for searching:  

 
France -- Intellectual life -- 20th century

France -- History -- 1945-

France -- Politics and government -- 1940-1945

World War, 1939-1945 -- France

Also look under people's names:  Seach them as SUBJECTS rather than AUTHORS.  WHY?

Gaulle, Charles de, 1890-1970   ((Notice that the Library of Congress form of his name starts with Gaulle rather than DeGaulle.)
Camus, Albert, 1913-1960. Peste
Bloch, Marc, 1886-1944
Sartre, Jean-Paul, 1905-1980. Mouches
 
 
 

Improve Your Search

* (asterisk, Shift + 8) will find the word's variations
  nation*---> nation, nation's, national, nationalism...


and will combine search terms
 memor* AND deport*

or will find similar terms
   vichy OR collabor*

and (or) specifies the order of the search
   (theatre or drama) and occupation

" . . ." will search for the terms as a phrase
 "sorrow and the pity" 

Refine your search by
   searching with search
  

    using the subjects or descriptors provided with the item 

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Start here if you are unsure of what to look for. Reference material can give you a basic overview of your topic which allows you to start picking out keywords and narrowing down your subject.

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