FIND BOOKS IN THE CHRISTIANSEN MEMORIAL LIBRARY.

Using the keywords you brainstormed in steps 1 and 2, enter a few search terms into the library catalog to see what Christiansen Memorial Library has on your topic.

If you don't get the results you want, try using different keywords.

When you find a book that looks like it's what you're needing, click on the title and scroll down to take a look at the Subject Terms assigned to the book. Add those terms to your list of keywords, and you can even click them to do a secondary search on all the items that share that subject heading.

Video tutorials demonstrating how to use the catalog to find books can be found HERE.

WORLDCAT

Use WorldCat to find books located in libraries around the corner, or around the world.

GOOGLE BOOKS

Search Google Books. Using the preview mode, you may be able to find a section of a book you need.

WHERE DO I FIND THIS BOOK?

When you find a book you want in the catalog, take a look at the call number. This is the book's "address" and will tell you can find it in the library.

Make a note of the book's author as well.
 

The books in the Christiansen Memorial Library are organized according to the Dewey Decimal Classification system, which breaks down all knowledge into one of ten categories:

000 Generalities
100 Philosophy & Psychology
200 Religion
300 Social Science
400 Language
500 Natural Science & Mathematics
600 Technology & Applied Sciences
700 Arts
800 Literature
900 Geography & History

Each of these classes has ten divisions, which are broken down further as the subject becomes more specific.

Books in the Christiansen Memorial Library are shelved based on these numbers, and are then placed in alphabetical order by the author's last name: a book about the Gospel of Mark by Beth Young would have the call number 226.3 YOU for example.

Books are arranged on the shelves from left to right, top to bottom, according to call numbers and authors. Take a look at the library map for help in identifying where your item is located.
 
If you're having trouble locating the book you want, don't hesitate to ask the librarian for help!

FINDING BOOKS

Watch this presentation explaining how the books are organized and how to find a specific book.

CAN I BORROW FROM OTHER LIBRARIES?

Keep in mind that borrowing from these libraries is a privilege and not a right. Respect the authority of their staff, and contact Mr. Andrews with any problems you encounter.

REMEMBER!

If you find a book that looks like the one you're needing and we do not have it available, contact the Fergus Falls Public Library or your local library to initiate an inter-library loan. (Keep in mind that this borrowing process takes several days.) If you are struggling to locate items of campus or through another library always feel free to contact Mr. Andrews for assistance.