General Collection books are on the upper level (call numbers starting A-PQ) or the main floor (call numbers from PR - Z). They can be checked out for six weeks.
Children's Collection books are on the lower level at the back of the floor (near Olin Hall). They can be checked out for six weeks.
Videos are on the lower level at the front of the floor. They can be checked out for three days.
Books in the Reference Collection are on the main floor, Beck Hall side. They must be used in the library.
Books on Reserve are kept behind the main desk. They must be used in the library.
The six librarians, eight library staff members, and dozens of student employees want to make the library a place that helps you learn and explore ideas. Three places you'll find us:
Your friendly librarians
There are (at least) two ways to find information.
Libraries also use a third way - classification. Once you find a book in the catalog and note its call number, you'll find it is shelved with other books on the same subject. The shelving system is old and odd, but it still helps you browse by general category. College libraries don't use the Dewey Decimal system; they use the one the Library of Congress uses. But it's the same concept.
Long before the internet, Stith Thompson wanted to make it possible for folklorists to find similarities in folklore across the world. To do this, he created a classification scheme that would sort all folklore into broad categories.
He sorted folktales into these categories, listing where they were published, and created an index to them all. Ask for this set at the information desk in the library. (There is an online version, too, but it's basically a copy, and not any easier to use.)
To search for tales, there are several steps:
It can be quite a lot of detective work!
Once you see a reference that looks good, how do you get your hands on it? Here's a quick checklist.