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International Students Guide

This guide is designed to help international and intercultural students use Merrimack College's McQuade Library effectively.

Finding Books, eBooks, & DVDs

The McQuade Online Catalog is your gateway to finding books, ebooks, and videos. It provides the titles and call numbers of items in the library collection.

You can search the catalog by Keyword, Title, Author, or Subject.

A call number is the "address" given to each item so you can locate it in the library. The McQuade Library uses the Library of Congress call number system to organize its collection, so that books on the same topic are grouped together on the shelf.  

Be sure to write down the item's call number and location on a piece of paper, or click on "Text to your cell phone." 

  • Call Numbers from A to HM (part) are on the 2nd Floor
  • Call Numbers continuing from HM to Z are on the lower level
  • All "REF" books are on the 2nd Floor (short shelves)
  • All "ERC" items are on the 2nd Floor ("Yellow Room")
  • DVDs (including foreign language DVDs) are on the 2nd Floor

Once you find the library material(s) you need, go to the Circulation Desk (1st Floor) to check the item(s) out. Our circulation policies are listed here.

Helpful Books For International Students

Special book collections that may be useful to International students:

  • We have many English Language Dictionaries which are located on the second floor in the Reference Section (short shelves).  
  • Are you looking for a good read? We have a popular fiction section we call McQuade Library Hot Titles. This collection is on display in the shelves on the second floor. We have an Education Resources Collection (also known as ERC - the "Yellow Room") located on the second floor. Here, you will find easy-to-understand materials you can use to practice your reading skills.

 Meaning of Library Words:

We have a Library Terms Glossary  guide that can help you understand library words and concepts.

 

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Use McQuade's Online Catalog to find books, ebooks, and DVDs.

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Library of Congress Classification System

This Library uses the Library of Congress Classification system. 

The Library of Congress system gives a call number to each item according to the item's subject matter, as outlined below.  When you find one item on your topic in the catalog, you can take its call number to the shelf, and find similar or better ones sitting next to it!  This way, you will know that you are viewing all materials owned by the library related to that subject.

To find more specific subject sub-divisions, click on the appropriate subject heading above.