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How to Choose Resources: Library Catalog

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Library Catalog

Your school's library catalog will help you find a book. The catalog is a listing of all the materials that are found in the library. It tells you where to find the book in your library and information that will help you decide if you want to choose the book.


To find a book on the shelf, you need to know the call number and the title . This will help you find the book on the shelf.



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Use your school's library catalog to search for a book on dogs. Remember, non-fiction books contain factual information. Select a non-fiction book that you'd like to look at.

Write down the:

Call number






Now, go to the shelf and find the book.Dewey Books

Write one sentence about the book you found.






Most libraries are organized using the Dewey Decimal System.


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