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What type of search catalog do you use to find books such as the dewi decimal system? we get extra credit from our instructor if we find out..

and how do you go about finding them?
Last Updated: Oct 20, 2011  |  7 Views
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The campus library uses the Library of Congress system, rather than the Dewey Decimal System.  They are fairly similar in design, although the LC system uses letters and numbers while the DDS only uses numbers.  Both try to group books by subject so that similar items will be shelved together, rather than grouped by author or title.  For instance, in DDS, all books about psychology will start with the number 150.  In LC, they will start with the letters BF.


Our catalog, called IUCAT, is available at  Click ‘guest access’ – you don’t need to log into it.  You can use it to search for books by title, by author, or by subject.  On the right side of the screen there are other ways you can search – by call number, just for a video, just for an e-book, and more.  Ivy Tech users will need to be in the library to access the e-books, though.


There are also several alternate catalogs; one called WorldCat Local is available at  


For a handy guide to this system, try The LC Classification Outline (shelved in the Reference section at REF Z696 .U42 2003).  Or, view it online at  


Please let me know if I can be of any assistance in helping you navigate this system. 




Matt Dilworth

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