Every book in the library is assigned a unique call number that classifies the book according to subject. Books are shelved in call number order throughout the library. Books in sociology are scattered across many different call number areas, however, the information below provides a general idea of call number areas and their topics in sociology. Books starting with H are located on the 2nd floor, in the North Wing of the library.
Primary Library of Congress call numbers for sociology:
E 184 - E 185 American ethnic groups.
HM Sociology (general and theoretical). Social psychology.
HN Social history. Social problems. Social reform.
HQ The family. Marriage. Women. Feminism. Sexual Life. Divorce.
HT Communities. Classes. Races. Slavery. Urban Sociology
HV Social and public welfare. Substance abuse. Criminology.
HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism.
Search the library catalog to find books on your topic. The catalog searches broad descriptions of books and videos.
Keep in mind not all books and videos on mixed race are picked up in the above subject headings. It may be necessary to broaden your search to more general subject headings. Subject headings are "official" subject headings approved by the Library of Congress; they are hard to guess on your own.
Keywords are words you would normally think of to describe your topic. They can appear anywhere in the record (title, author, subject, publisher, etc.)
Use keywords, titles, or authors, to point you to subject headings. For example, a keyword search on hapa leads to you to the book Intersecting Circles: The Voices of Hapa Women in Poetry and Prose edited by Marie Hara and Nora Okja Keller. You'll see possible subject headings to search, that are assigned to this book are American literature -- Women authors, Racially mixed people -- Literary collections, and Women, Hawaiian -- Literary collections.
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