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How to Read a Call Number

Reading Call Numbers by Section

To read a call number, consider each section independently. BF 1556 .Z66 2010

  • BF
    Read the 1st line in alphabetical order: A, B, BF, C, D, DC...
  • 1556
    Read the 2nd line as a whole number: 1, 2, 3, 32, 100, 101, 1000, 1100, 1556, 2000, 3000...
  • Z66
    First read the 3rd line alphabetically. Then read the following number as a decimal: C51, D49,  Z616, Z66, Z8 
  • 2010
    The last line is the year, and is read in chronological order: 1989, 1992, 2000, 2010, 2016

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