Most of the books in the Library's main collection are available for loan. The Library also has a growing collection of eBooks - look under the Library Online tab for more information about using eBooks.
What is a journal, serial, or periodical?
In libraries, any publication that has issues published on a regular basis is known as a serial or periodical - newspapers and magazines, for example. Academic journals are also serials, but these are specialized publications where scholarly research on a subject is published. You might think of them as the academic equivalent of magazines like Organic Gardener or Fishing World - but instead of telling you about making compost or the best lures to use for flathead, academic journals publish the latest research in a specific academic subject. They are the very best sources to use for your research.
Most of the Library's journals are now available online, but there are still collections of print journals in most branches. In many cases these will be older volumes that are not included in our online subscriptions, but some disciplines (Art, Architecture, Law) still need some of their journals in print format. You will find print journals on the shelves labeled Journals/Serials.
Look under the Library Online tab to find out more about using online journals (eJournals).
Libraries use something called a Classification System to arrange books on the shelves so that titles on the same subject are shelved together. The UTAS Library uses the Library of Congress system, while most public and school libraries use the Dewey Decimal system.
All library classification systems use Call Numbers to tell you where to find a book, journal, or CD/DVD on the Library shelves.
On the screen, LC call numbers look like this: JZ 1318 .M36 2010
On the spine of a book they look like this:
Each call number starts with a letter code for a broad subject area, then each line narrows the focus until you have a unique number for each title. It's a bit like looking for a street address in a city - you need to know the suburb, the street, and the house number:
.M36 House number
How to find books on the shelves (PDF 239KB) - learn how to read a call number line by line.