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Browse by subject or call number

Step 1:

Go to QuickSearch, and click "Browse by Subject or Call Number."

QuickSearch browse by subject or call number


Step 2:

From the drop-down menu, select either "Browse by subject" or "Browse by call number - Library of Congress."  Here's what these options will do:

  • Subject - Librarians tag records in this catalog with specific terms that describe what the book or article is about. You can search these terms and find a list of all records tagged with that term.
  • Library of Congress call numbers - The physical books in the library are organized by call numbers, an alphanumeric system that stands for a specific subject.  So, all the literature books are in one section, all the history books in another, all the nursing books in another, etc.  Enter the first part of a call number (e.g. E300) to pull up a list of physical books about a specific subject. Refer to the Library of Congress Classification Outline for a list of call numbers.


Step 3:

If you select Subject, then enter in your terms.  For example, if you want all items tagged with "Benjamin Franklin", enter it with the last name first.

Browse by subject Benjamin Franklin

If you select Library of Congress call numbers, then enter in the first line of a call number.  For example, "E300" will find books about American History during the Revolutionary War, mostly about the early presidents.

Browse by Library of Congress call numbers E300


Step 4:

Review your results.  For the Subject search, you will see many variations on the same term.  Look at the number of records attached to that term, and click the one with the most records.  Or if you see one that is more specific and looks perfect for your topic, try that one!

Subject search results


For the call number search, you will see a list of physical books in the library organized by the call number.  Since call numbers represent a subject, your results should be about the same topic.  Review the list and click any books you're interested in!

Call number search results



  • The Browse by Subject or Call Number search is an advanced method for finding materials in our catalog.  If you find it unhelpful, go back to the QuickSearch homepage and use the search box there.  You can enter in terms on any topic, and you should get some sources to come up.