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Prof. Dowling: ENG 101: Finding Books

Finding Books

Use NASCAT, our online Library Catalog, to locate books for your project.

You can use this link or use the link on the Library homepage at

On the main search screen, select Words Anywhere, and enter your main topic. Ex. Global Warming.


The results list will display the books we own on the subject. The Call Number tells you where the book may be found on the shelves. In our Library, Call Numbers that start A-N are on the Second Floor while those starting P-Z are on the Third Floor.


First locate the range of books with the first two letters of the Call Number then the whole number that follows.

For instance, to locate the first book on this results list below, find the range of books that start with the letters PS.

Next, look for the books with the whole number 3511 after the PS.

After that, look for the books with .I9 after PS 3511.

Finally, follow the remaining letters and numbers in the Call Number until you have the exact book you want.


Always click on the Availability link to make sure the book is on the shelves and not checked out to another user.

Once you have found the books you need, take them downstairs to the Checkout Desk. With your NCC ID you may borrow the books for three weeks.

Call Numbers

All books and videos are shelved together by subject. Each item is given a call number. In our library,

  • Books and videos with call numbers A-N are on the 2nd floor.
  • Books and videos with call numbers P-Z are on the 3rd floor.
  • Reference books are on the 1st floor.
  • Reserve items are on the 1st floor in L 102.

Help Desks

Can't find your book on the shelves? Librarians and staff will help you!

The second floor has a help desk.

Bring your call number to the desk and someone will walk to the shelves with you to help you locate the book you need.

Nobody at the Help Desk?  Ask for help at the Circulation Desk on the first floor.