To make the library resources and facilities readilly available to both faculty and students, the College Library has opted for the usage of the open shelf system.

                 The organization of the collection is by form and subject or classified according to definite class numbers. This arrangement is more accessible to and easier to use even for a new clientele. It also contributes to the students' intellectual freedom to participate in choosing or browsing her/his research needs.

Table of Contents

         Classification Used and the Card Catalog
         Second Summary : Division
         Call Number
         The Catalog
         Analyzing a Catalog Card
         How to Use the Card Catalog
         How to Find a Book Using the Card Catalog
         Steps in Using the WebLIS-OPAC


      The Jose Rizal Memorial State University Library uses the Dewey Decimal Classification System. The system has ten major classes. Each class division is subdivided in to ten divisions and each  division  is in  turn subdivided in to 10 divisions  and so on, hence the name decimal. Each number in the system stands for subject.

The ten main classes of the Dewey Decimal System are as follows:

000 - 099             General Works
                               100 - 199             Philosophy
                               200 - 299             Religion
                               300 - 399             Social Sciences
                               400 - 499             Languages
                               500 - 599             Natural/Pure Sciences
                               600 - 699             Applied Sciences
                               700 - 799             Fine Arts and Recreation
                               800 - 899             Literature
                               900 - 999             History, Geography, Biography
000 - General Works
100 - Philosophy
010 Bibliography
020 Library Science
030 General Encyclopedia
040 General Collected Essays
050 General Periodicals
060 General Societies
070 Newspaper, Journalism
080 Collected Woks
090 Manuscripts and Rare Book
110 Metaphysics
120 Metaphysical Theories
130 Branches of Psychology
140 Philosophical Topics
150 General Psychology
160 Logic
170 Ethics
180 Ancient and Medieval
190 Modern Philosophy
200 - Religion
300 - Social Sciences
210   Natural Theology
220   Bible
230   Doctrine Theology
240   Devotional and Practical
250   Pastoral Theology
260   Christian Church
270   Christian Church History
280   Christian Churches and Sects
290   Other Religion
310  Statistics
320  Politics
330  Economics
340  Law
350  Public Administration
360  Social Welfare
370  Education
380  Public Services & Utilities
390  Customs and Folklore
400 - Languages
500 - Natural Sciences
410  Comparative Linguistics
420  English and Anglo-Saxon
430  Germanic Language
440  French, Provencal
450  Italian, Romanian
460  Spanish, Portuguese
470  Latin, and Other Italic
480  Classified and Modern
490  Other Languages
510  Mathematics
520  Astronomy
530  Physics
540  Chemistry
550  Earth Science
560  Paleontology
570  Anthropology
580  Botanical Sciences
590  Zoological Sciences
600 - Applied Science
700 - The Arts
610  Medical Science
620  Engineering
630  Agriculture
640  Home Economics
650  Business
660  Chemical Technology
670  Manufactures
680  Other Manufactures
690  Building Construction
710  Landscape
720  Architecture
730  Sculpture
740  Drawing and Decorative Art
750  Painting
760  Prints and Prints Making
770  Photography
780  Music
790  Recreation
800 - Literature
900 - History
810  American Literature
820  English and Old English
830  Germanic Literature
840  French, Provencal, Catalan
850  Italian, Rumanian
860  Spanish, Portuguese
870  Latin & Other Italic Literature
880  Classical and Modern Greek
890  Other Literature
910  Geography, Travels
920  Biography
930  Ancient History
940  Europe
950  Asia
960  Africa
970  North America
980  South America
990  Other Parts of the World

Call Number

    A call number is composed of letters, figures, and symbols separate or in combination assigned to book to indicate its
location on the shelves.  It usually consists of class number, book number and the copyright date.

     The call number appears on the spine of a book as on the upper left corner of a catalog card.  The example below
illustrates the parts of a call number:

The Catalog

     This  is  a  very  useful  tool  both  to  the  reader  and to the librarian. It acts as a key to the library's stock; reveals the holdings of a library. It is an instrument designed to enable the inquirer to find a particular book, to survey the entire book stock or select the books which will best serve his purpose.

     An adequate catalog will answer fully the following questions:
         a. What books are in the library?
         b. Does the library have a book under a certain title?
         c. What books can I find in the library on a particular subject?

     The Jose Rizal Memorial State University Library has a divided type of Catalog. The basic entries are the author entry, title entry and the subject entry  are separately filed in alphabetical order.


     Author Card (Main Entry)
1. Location Symbol - indicates the type of material: indicates where the book is located.

2. Call Number - this group of symbols consists of the class number which represents the subject of the book, 370.1; the author number, 132; 1st letter of the title, p and the copyright date, 2006.

3. Author's name - this is usually the main entry of the book.  A society or an institution may  also be entered as the author of a book  if such entity is mainly responsible for its existence.

4. Title of the book.

5. Imprint - the place and date of publication, the edition and the name of the publisher.

6. Collation - description of the physical characteristics of the book such as the number of pages, volumes, size,  illustrations, maps, etc.

7. Notes - provide information such as the bibliography, index and the ISBN or the International Standard Book  Number.

8. Tracings - these are records of all additional headings, aside from the author under which the work is represented in the card catalog. These are meant to pick out all important subjects treated in the book. By looking under these subject headings in the catalog, the reader is able to find whether this title treats the specific topic he may be interested in, and whether there are other books this library has on the same subject.
Subject Card (Subject of book is found at the upper left corner of the card).

1.  The catalog of books in the library are arranged alphabetically by author,  title and by subject.


    The book entitled Philosophy of Education by  James Edward W. McClellan may be found under McClellan the  author,  in  the   drawer  marked M; under Philosophy of Education, the title, inthe drawer marked P and the subject, under EDUCATION-PHILOSOPHY in the drawer E.

2.  All books about a person may be found under his last name.

3.  Fiction books will be found on shelves grouped alphabetically under the authors’ last names.

     Alcott = Al, Dumas = D, Shakespeare = Sh


1. Goto and then click on  Library Link  and click on WebLIS-OPAC button. This  will 
open  the search  engine of the WebLIS.

2. On Material Type below the Publication year, check on the box of the type of material you want  to search.
(e.g.  Books)

3. You can  now  start  searching  by  using  keywords , title, authors, subject or call number of your  desired         
Example 1 (Using keywords):

         If you want to locate the book entitled  “Nursing Leadership and Management”  by using a keyword, just  
type inside the keywords  textbox  any  word(s)   that  can  be found in the title of the book and then click

Example 2 (Using title):
If  you  want to  locate  the book  entitled  “Nursing Leadership and Management”  by using the title,  just type  inside the title textbox any word(s) that can be found in the title of the book or you can  type  the whole title of  the book and then click search.

Example 3 (Using author):

        If you want to locate the book(s) authored by Patricia Carroll, just type inside the author textbox the first name  and the last name of the author separated by “*” (e.g. Patricia*Carroll) and then click search.

Example 4 (Using subject):

        If  you  want  to locate  book(s)  with  subject   “Nursing Services-Administration”,  just  type inside  the subject  textbox the keyword(s) of the subject and then click search.

Example 5 (Using call number):

        If you want to locate book(s) by its call number, just type inside the call number textbox the call number of the book and then click search.

    NOTE: You can also use the wildcard “+” for multi-searching.

        If  you  want  to  locate  books entitled “Maritime pollution” and  “College algebra” one  at  a  time,  just type inside  the title  textbox the keyword of every book  separated by “+” (e.g. pollution+algebra)  and then  click search.
4. You  can  also  search  materials by Publication year.  On the publication year textboxes above the Material type option, just type your desired publication year inside the textbox(es) and then click search.

     For range searching, use the two publication year textboxes provided by the search engine.
Example 1:

        To  locate  book(s)  published  from year  2000 to 2004, just fill the textboxes with the publication year respectively and then click search.

     Example 2:

        To locate book(s) published from year 2000 up to the present year, just fill the first textbox with “2000” (quotation marks are omitted) and then click search.
5. Search  results  can be sorted chronologically, by author, or by title. Just click on the Sort Result combo box and choose your desired option and then click search.

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