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Maxwell Library uses the Library of Congress Classification System. To locate your book in the General Collection look at the first letter of the call number. If it begins with the letter A-L, it will be on the second floor. If it starts with the letters M-Z, it will be on the third floor. Reference Books and periodicals are located on the first floor and may not be checked out.

Steps to Finding Books

  1. Search the Maxwell Library's online catalog.  If we don't own the book you want, then:
  2. Search the Massachusetts Virtual Catalog.  If the book you want is in the catalog, request it and have it sent to Maxwell Library.  If the VC doesn't have the book you want:
  3. Request the book through Interlibrary Loan.
  4. You can also search for books in Google Books or WorldCat.  If you identify titles in either one that you're interested in, you can then obtain them using steps 1-3.

Webster Tips

Some suggested search headings.

  • Advanced search diar? and civil war
  • Advanced search "personal narratives" and diar?
  •  Advanced search  Title(diar?) AND Keyword Anywhere("united states") NOT Keyword Anywhere(fiction)
  • Advanced search  Title(diar?) AND Keyword Anywhere("world war") NOT Keyword Anywhere(fiction)

Locating Items in Maxwell Library

  • Reference materials and audio CDs can be found on the 1st floor of Maxwell Library.
  • Books in the A-L call number ranges are located on the 2nd floor of Maxwell Library.
  • Books in the M-Z call number ranges are located on the 3rd floor of Maxwell Library.
  • DVDs are located on the first floor of the library near reference.

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