Most academic libraries worldwide use the Library of Congress' classification system rather than Dewey Decimal. Like Dewey, LC assigns a book to its shelf location according to the book's subject area; however, LC uses letters rather than numbers to begin its call number locations. Subject headings will give you the call numbers of books and you may either search for specific titles or browse the shelves in those call number areas to find books you need.
LC is a hierarchical system. E.g. A book on physiology would be found in the QP area; a book on physiology in extreme environments would be found in the QP82s.
Some LC subject areas in biology:
You can begin your search for books on your topic in the UR Library Catalog *. Here are some quick tips for effective catalog searches:
You can also use the library's discovery tool -- OneSearch * -- to find books on your topic. OneSearch results can be limited to:
You may also look for books owned by Virginia Commonwealth University or other area academic libraries by searching those library catalogs. You may check out books from these libraries if you first obtain a form at Boatwright's Information Desk and take it with you to the other library.
WorldCat *** allows you to search library catalogs throughout the world. You may request books from these libraries through Interlibrary Loan but allow 3-4 weeks to receive them.
If UR does not own a book that you need for your research, use Interlibrary Loan to request it from another library. Depending on how long it takes for the loaning library to fill the request, you should allow 2-3 weeks for your book to arrive. You will be notified through email when the book arrives and you can then pick it up at the Information Desk at Boatwright's entrance.