Summary

This module discussed how libraries organize information sources so that users can locate them.
  • All libraries will use at least one classification system to label materials for you to find them.
  • ODU Libraries use the Library of Congress Classification System. For our government publications, we use the Superintendent of Documents Classification System.
  • In most cases, materials will be located in different physical locations based on physical format or source type.
  • The Library Catalog organizes the records of all of the items the library owns or subscribes to, whether in print or online. It includes items in the Hofheimer Art Library, the Diehn Composers Room, and those in the (main) Perry Library.

  • The Library's Web site organizes all of the resources, services, and instructional materials with our primary users in mind.

Locating full-text journal articles directly from a database or electronic materials directly from the Library Catalog can save a lot of research time.

When the direct link is not there, you need to know how to use the library Web site or Library Catalog to locate the item.

If the ODU Libraries does not own or subscribe to the item/s you need, you can use WorldCat or WorldCat Local to see if an area library owns the item. You can borrow books from any of the Virginia Tidewater Consortium libraries.

Or, you can borrow materials from other libraries by using our Interlibrary Service.


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