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SOCL 1246 Environment and Society

Suggested research tools for the social, political, and economic forces behind the global environmental crisis, such as global warming and climate disruption, world resource availability and the global economic crisis, environmental justice

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Finding Books and (scroll down) Ebooks

Where's my book?

First, check location--tells you which library on campus owns the book, Snell or another library OR if the book is located in a special area and if the book is available.

Once you've found the location--time to get the "address" for the book by call number.

Some hints to understanding a call number and finding your "stuff" on the shelf:

  • The first letters of the call number represent the subject of the book.
  • The letter-and-decimal section of the call number often represents the author's last name.
  • The last section of a call number is often the date of publication.
    Here's an example from University of California, Santa Cruz Library.
    (accessed 2 April 2013)


ALL of the books are shelved by subject and the categories are arranged in the Library of Congress Classification System.

Book Not there? Don't worry. 

The Interlibrary Loan Service, called  ILLiad, allows you to request delivery of Books, videos, articles and other materials not available at the NU Libraries. This service is available at no charge to NU students, faculty and staff. 

What about ebooks?

How to find an e-book