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Library Home page

Library research will be much easier if you know about the following on the Library's website:

1.  Online catalog (or OPAC)

2.  Discover (a google-like search engine that searches the fulltext of the library's proprietary databases and other online content)

3.  Databases categorized by discipline

4.  How to search for library owned Journals (in print and/or online) by title

5.  Ask-A-Librarian services

6.  The search request form for Items Not on Shelf

7.  Service pages for Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, and Reserves

8. How to authenticate to the library's proprietary online from Off Campus

9.  How to check your Library Account

10.  Subject & Course Guides

How Academic Libraries are Organized

Libraries use call number systems to organize materials.  You may be familiar with the Dewey Decimal system, which is used in most public and school libraries.  Like most academic libraries, the Vassar College Libraries uses the Library of Congress Classification System as the basis of its call number system.  LC is more useful for larger library collections because it offers more options for subject categories than the Dewey system.

However, certain materials in our library use other classification systems.  Government documents have their own system and our Music library has a specialized, home-grown system for some materials.  Our dvd and vhs collections are just assigned numbers. 

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