Use books or eBooks...
There are 2 ways to search for these items in the library:
Once you find the perfect book using the library catalog you will need to go find it on the shelf.
The library collection is organized by the Library of Congress classification system. This means that books on the same or similar subjects will be shelved together. For example, all of the books on nursing will be located together in the RT section of the Library collection.
Each book in the library has a unique call number. Call numbers are like addresses; they tell you where each book “lives” on the shelf.
Like most academic libraries, Stony Brook University Libraries use Library of Congress call numbers, which use a combination of letters and numbers to arrange materials by subject.
The call number can be broken down into separate segments that indicate specific information about the book.
Call numbers are read line by line. For example, the call number for The Moral Advantage: How to Succeed in Business by Doing the Right Thing is HF 5387 D366 2004:
|Start with the top line, HF; items are arranged alphabetically by subject (HF Social Sciences. Commerce). Single letters precede double letters. (A, B, BF, C, D ... H, HF …)|
|Then read the second line, 5387; items are ordered using numbers. (1, 2, 3, 45, 500, 501, 5000, 5387… )|
|Then read the third line, D366; items are ordered alphabetically. Items starting with the same letter are then arranged by decimal number. For D366 imagine D3.66 which would come before D4.|
|The fourth line, 2004, is the year of publication.|
WorldCat is a catalog of most libraries in the U.S. & Canada and many from other countries. Find books, DVDs, web sites, musical scores, archival material and more.
There are two versions of WorldCat, the subscription version from First Search, which is below and which I recommend, and the free version. If you find something you need while searching in WorldCat, and we don't own it, we can usually get it from another library. See InterLibrary Loan (ILL) to learn more. One great feature of the First Search version is that it automatically fills out your ILL request form.