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Martha S. Grafton Library

Psychology: Finding Books

Guide to resources in psychology, including reference works, databases, and websites.

Library Catalog

To find books you'll want to visit the Grafton Library Catalog. The default search is a keyword search, so you can either enter in a few words about your topic, an author's name or the title of a book.

Call Numbers

Books in Grafton Library are organized according to their call numbers. We use the Library of Congress Classification System to assign numbers to books in our collection. Basically, these numbers are a short representation of the subject of the book. Using this system, books that are about the same thing will be placed together on the shelf. This makes browsing a helpful way of finding helpful books.

This means that in order to find a book, you first have to look it up in the Library Catalog and find out what the call number is--you won't be able to just look in alphabetical order, which you can do sometimes at public libraries.

The call number will look something like this: KF505 .C34 2010


Once you have a call number in hand, you'll go to the library stacks to find your book. Books with call numbers that start with A-HD are on the main floor. HE-Z numbers are on the Mezzanine (second) floor.  

Here's what it will look like in our new library catalog:

The Library doesn't have a book I need? What do I do?

If you can't find what you need in the Grafton Library catalog, use WorldCat to find books owned by other libraries.

If you find a book in WorldCat this is not owned by Grafton Library you may place an Interlibrary Loan, or ILL, request. The ILL button looks like this: Interlibrary Loan

Library Catalog Basics

Finding and Using Electronic Books

Library Catalog Advanced