Research Strategies in Classics: Section I: Organization of Information

Bobst Library, as many research libraries in the United States, uses the Library of Congress Classification Scheme and Subject Headings. The call number sequence assigned by LC is preceded by a one to three A-Z letter combination. The initial letter is the principal subject heading. For example, the letter B is the letter designated for Philosophy, D for History, J for Political Science, M for Music, and P for Language and Literature (see Library of Congress Classification Scheme Outline at URL: for further breakdown of these categories.

Pertinent call numbers and ranges:

  • B 108-708 Philosophy, Ancient
  • D 51-95 Ancient History
  • DF 10-289 Greece-History
  • DG 11-365 Italy--History--to 476
  • DG 61-69 Rome--History
  • JC 51-93 Greece--politics and government
  • ML 162-169 Music, Greek and Roman
  • PA 3050-4505 Greek literature
  • PA 6000-6971 Roman literature
  • PN 611-649 Literature of the Ancient World
  • Z 5051-7999 Subject bibliographies

When examining the Call Number Scheme of Bobst Library, we see that:
  • the M's are located on the 2nd floor
  • the B's and D's on the 4th floor
  • the J's on the 7th floor
  • and the P's split between the 7th and 8th floor

    These floors are the stack floors where you find circulating books and non-circulating bound journals (the unbound, recent, issues are found in the Current Periodicals area on the 3rd floor). For reference materials (encyclopedias, dictionaries, bibliographies, indices, etc.) on the above subjects you need to go to a reference center: REF1 (the reference area on the 1st floor) for Humanities titles and REF6 (the reference area on the 6th floor) for Social Science titles.


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