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Upward Bound- History: How to Get the Thing

"Checking Out" Books

  • When you take something home from the Library, we don't say 'rent'; we say "check out"
  • To check something out from the Library, take it to the Circulation Desk, just past the scanners at the entrance
  • Make sure you bring your Miner Gold Card (your ID card)

Helpful Video Tutorials

Click on the following links to view a short tutorial on each topic. For flash-free mobile and Apple devices click on

Encore  (2:18)  

Starting Your Research  (1:42)   

Compiling Your Sources: Books  (3:07)   

Compiling your Sources: E-Books  (2:03)  

Compiling your Sources: Government Documents  (2:28)  

The Library of Congress Classification System   (3:28)  

SuDoc Call Numbers  (4:22)  

The Dewey Decimal Classification System  (5:09)  

    How to Get the Thing

    • To get your hands on an actual item, you first need to make sure that it is AVAILABLE
      • This means that it is not checked out by someone else, damaged, overdue, missing, or otherwise not ready to be taken home with you

    • If it's available, you need to know what collection it's located in
    • In the example below, the item is located in the Main Stacks

    • Don't know where the collection is located in the Library? No problem.
    • Simply click on the location
      • A description of the location will pop up 


    • Everything located in the Library has a call number (circled in Orange).
    • Every item (book, dvd, governmet document, etc.) has a unique call number
    • A call number serves as a street address for an item
    • The location guide can be used to determine which floor to look for an item in the Main Stacks, depending on the call number

    • If you're trying to access something electronic, open it by clicking the link located next to the arrow NOT the title


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