Like books in a public library, books in academic libraries are grouped by subject. The Library of Congress Classification Outline can help you identify call numbers for your subject. Then you can find where the call numbers are in the library. Since books on your subject will likely be located together, once you identify a few relevant titles, try browsing around those books on the shelves.
Enter 1-3 keywords that describe your topic.
In @LL Search, a simple search is usually best to get started. You can then narrow your search from the results page.
Examples: bilingual education; music therapy and autism.
Review the search page and apply limiters as necessary. Your search likely provided a variety of formats, including books, newspapers, journal articles, and video. To limit to books only, use the format limiter:
To further limit to print books only, select "Lesley Print" in the library location limiter (alternatively, selecting another institution's library in this space will yield print materials at that library only):
Review the search results page for relevant items. The results page includes basic information on an item like title, publication date, format, and location.
Print books are available at both Sherrill Library and Moriarty Library. Sherrill maintains an interdisciplinary collection, while the books at Moriarty are focused on the fields of art and design. Item locations, including call numbers, show clearly in the search results.
Call numbers are largely a shorthand for subject matter, so when find a book on the shelf, similar items are likely nearby because of their similar call numbers. It can be worthwhile to browse the shelves!
Your search results may include items with call numbers from more than one area, so you may want to browse more than just one area. Interdisciplinary searches often yield such results.
Our library floorplans can help you find books located at Sherrill Library.
Sherrill Library | Lesley University, Brattle Campus | 89 Brattle Street - Cambridge, MA 02138 | 617-349-8850
John & Carol Moriarty Library | Lesley University, Porter Campus | 1801 Massachusetts Avenue - Cambridge, MA 02140 | 617-349-8070