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Composition I and II: ENC 1101/1102

This guide includes resources for students doing research for Composition I & II and an overview of the research process.

Tips for Finding Books

Search for books on your specific topic in the FGCU Library Catalog.

Search Strategies:

When you find a book in the Catalog that you like:

  • If necessary, narrow results using facets in box on left.
  • Click on a book's title for more information, often a summary or table of contents, to see if the book will be useful to your research.
  • Click on the terms to the right of Subject (LCSH) to see a list of all the books that have been tagged with that subject heading.
  • Click on the call number to see books that are around it on the shelf and likely on the same topic.
  • You can also text yourself the call number!

Now you're ready to go to the shelves to find your book(s).

                                       E-Z on second floor

  •  When you find a book on the shelf that seems useful to your topic, look around it for other possible resources. Take a look at the Table of Contents or Index to see if the book will be helpful for your topic.

Anatomy of a Call Number

The call number is a book's physical address on the shelf. In the online Library Catalog, you will see: LB2395 .C65 1991.

On the shelf you will see the call number displayed vertically:

Want to know more about call numbers?

Books in the FGCU Library are arranged by the Library of Congress Classification system. Each book's call number begins with a letter, which corresponds to a specific subject. See a list of LOC classes, or what subjects fall under each letter. You can also find this list on posters in the book stacks.

It is not essential to memorize the subject designations to find a book. However, it can be helpful to be aware of for browsing. For example, if you're interested in photography, take a stroll through the TR section between classes someday. Here are a few more areas you might want to explore—or look up your own!

           AE = Encyclopedias

           CT = Biography

           GC = Oceanography

           NC = Drawing, Design, Illustration

           F306-320 = Florida History

           PS = American Literature

           RT = Nursing