The books in our library are shelved by call number using Library of Congress Classification.
Book title: Shakespeare: for all time
Author: Stanley Wells
Call Number: PR2894 .W43 2003
The first two lines describe the subject of the book.
PR = English Literature
2894 = English renaissance (1500-1640)
The third line usually represents the author's last name.
W = Wells
The last line represents the date of publication.
|PR||Read the first line in alphabetical order:
A, B, BF, L, LA, LB, LC, M, P, PR...
|2894||Read the second line as a whole number:
1, 2, 3, 45, 100, 101, 1145, 2587, 2894...
|.W43||The third line is the trickiest part of the call number!
Read the letter alphabetically and the number as a decimal:
.W301 will come before .W43 (read them as .W301 and .W430)
|2003||The last line is the year the book was published. Read in chronological order:
1985, 1991, 2003, 2009...
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