Catalog Search Tips
Searching for books is often best done by either Keywords or Subject Headings. Start with a Keyword search and identify some relevant books. Then look at the subject headings for those books. You can follow the subject heading links in the catalog to find similar books, or you can use the terms in the subject headings to revise your search strategies.
The are over 49 million bibliographic records in WorldCat, covering books, journals, audiovisual materials, etc. Try searching for a topic of interest here. If HC has the book, you will see the words "COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS," highlighted in blue. If you'd like a book that HC does not have, submit an interlibrary loan request.
Books at Dinand Library are arranged by Library of Congress Call Number.
- Reference books are in the Main Reading Room.
- Call numbers A through G are on the upper (Mezzanine) level. .
- Call numbers H through Z are on the lower (Ground) level (with a few exceptions).
Each letter in the call number system is associated with a general subject area. Call numbers beginning with P are about language and literature. The books in this section are then broken down into subclasses from PA to PZ. American literature is in the PS section. Call numbers PS3550-PS3576 are about American literature from 1961-2000. For your class, you'll find that many of the books have call numbers beginning PS3563.O8749.
- Call numbers starting with “Q, R, S, T” are in the Science Library.