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Browsing for Books
Books are shelved in general subject categories using the Library of Congress classification system. You may want to supplement your use of the catalog with browsing shelf areas for your topic. Below is a brief listing of some of the subject locations in the field of Religion.
- BL Religions. Mythology.
- BM Judaism
- BP Islam
- BQ Buddhism
- BR Christianity
- BS The Bible
- BT Theology
You may also find sources in the field of History, specifically:
Materials not available at Gustavus may be borrowed from other libraries and sent here for you to use. Location: Library -- Main Floor.
Finding Books beyond Gustavus
Searching the catalog (above) will lead you to books at Gustavus. It will also connect you with books at many other libraries in Minnesota (select All Libraries to search once you're in the catalog). Explore these links to find books at other libraries & online.
Includes millions of records of resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Gustavus users may be able to borrow items they find in WorldCat searches via Interlibrary Loan (click the "Find It!" button). The database can also be searched through its free web interface, at worldcat.org. Access to WorldCat is provided by eLibraryMN (ELM).
WorldCat web interface.
Google is in the midst of an ambitious project to digitize books from publishers and in libraries. Those that were published before 1923 are in full text; those still potentially under copyright can be searched, but not viewed in full. It offers an interesting way to locate very specific words, phrases, and citations, particularly in older books. Using the advanced search you can limit a search to books that are full text or published within a range of years.
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