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ENGL 202A: Effective Writing: Writing in the Social Sciences

Research information to supplement ENGL 202A

Head Librarian, Penn State Fayette Library

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Emma Beaver
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Penn State Fayette Library
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Subjects: Campus: Fayette

Finding Books

Books are the bridge between your textbook and scholarly journal articles. They are usually your best resource for "the basics" -- an introduction, overview, and history of your topic. The quickest way to find books is to search the library's book databases: 

Another way to find books is to "browse" -- go to the library's book shelves and take a look. 

At Penn State  we use the Library of Congress call number system to shelve our books:

  • Most Psychology books have numbers that begin with "BF"
  • Most Sociology books have numbers that begin with "HM" or "HN"
  • Most books on Marriage, Families, Women's Studies, LGBT Studies, and Gender Studies have call numbers that begin with "HQ"
  • Most Criminal Justice books have call numbers that begin with "HV"
  • Most Political Science and Law books have call numbers that begin with "J" or "K"
  • Most Education books have call numbers that begin with "L"
  • Most Health and Nursing books have call numbers that begin with "R"

For more details, see the Library of Congress Classification Outline

How to Use the CAT