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Discovery Service

Limit Calarco Discovery search results to reference books. Go to LOCATION on the left-hand side and select REFERENCE.

Dewey Classification 

  • 000-099: General Works
  • 100-199: Philosophy and Psychology
  • 200-299: Religion
  • 300-399: Social Sciences (Political Science, Economics, Military, etc.)
  • 400-499: Language
  • 500-599: Science and Math
  • 600-699: Technology (Medicine, Engineering, etc.)
  • 700-799: Arts and Recreation (Art, Architecture, Film, etc.)
  • 800-899: Literature
  • 900-999: History and Geography
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Reference Help

Step 1: Wikipedia your topic

Step 2: Familiarize yourself with the basics, such as concepts, controversies, time, place

Step 3: Begin mixing Wikipedia articles with library-based source material

Step 4: Identify important persons and groups

Step 5: Begin decoding jargon and major themes

Step 6: Use bibliographies of Wikipedia articles and library-based articles to identify secondary and primary sources

Step 7: Repeat again, and again, and again, and again...

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