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What Are Call Numbers?

Call numbers explained

High Demand

Textbooks and recommended readings are often put on short-term loan in the High Demand collection.

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If you cannot find it at UC Library or online, request an Interloan and we will get it for you from another library. There is no charge for this service

Google Books

A good way to find out whether the details you seek are located in a book. Search previews of books and some full text of out-of-copyright titles; search terms are highlighted in results.

Finding eBooks

  • Most eBooks can be found by a normal search in the Library Catalogue , or via MultiSearch , and are identified with an electronic book icon.

  • Use the search box to find eBooks by subject (the correct options are already chosen: refine your search – ”Items with full text online“, and Content Type – ”Book / eBook“)

Finding Books

The Library uses the Library of Congress Classification System for classification and shelving

Statistics – Library of Congress Classification QA 273–280

QA 273–274.9 Probabilities
QA 273.3    Handbooks, tables, formulas, etc.
QA 273.4    Axioms and foundations
QA 273.43    Probability theory on algebraic and topological structures
QA 273.45    Combinatorial probabilities
QA 273.5    Geometric probability. Stochastic geometry. Random sets
QA 273.6    Distributions. Characteristic functions
QA 273.67    Limit theorems
QA 274–274.29    Stochastic processes
QA 274.2–274.29       Stochastic analysis
QA 274.3       Stationary processes
QA 274.4       Gaussian processes
QA 274.42       Point processes
QA 274.45       Random fields
QA 274.5       Martingales. Semimartingales
QA 274.6       Learning models
QA 274.7–274.76       Markov processes. Markov chains
QA 274.73          Random walks
QA 274.75          Diffusion process. Brownian motion processes
QA 274.76          Branching processes
QA 274.8       Queueing theory
QA 275 Theory of errors. Least squares
QA 276–280 Mathematical statistics
  Including statistical inference and fundamental concepts of statistics
QA 276.12    Elementary texts
QA 276.14    Dictionaries and encyclopedias
QA 276.15    History
QA 276.156–276.157    Biography
QA 276.16    Addresses, essays, lectures
QA 276.18–276.23    Study and teaching. Research
QA 276.25    Handbooks, tables, formulas, etc.
      Including tables of random numbers
QA 276.3    Graphic methods
QA 276.4–276.45    Data processing

      Classed here are works on the use of data processing and computers in mathematical statistics in general
Computer applications of statistical analysis in specific fields are classed at the field, e.g. T 57.5 Industrial engineering

QA 276.45 .R3       R (Computer programming language)
QA 276.5    Fuzzy statistics
QA 276.6    Sampling theory and methods
QA 276.7    Sampling distribution
QA 276.74    Tolerance regions. Confidence intervals
QA 276.8    Estimation theory
QA 276.9    Minimum message length. Minimum description length
QA 277–277.3    Testing of hypotheses
QA 278–278.65    Multivariate analysis
QA 278.7    Order statistics
QA 278.75    Ranking and selection
QA 278.8    Nonparametric methods
QA 279–279.2    Analysis of variance and covariance. Analysis of means. Experimental design
QA 279.2       Prediction analysis
QA 279.4–279.7    Decision theory
QA 279.5       Bayesian statistics
QA 279.7       Multistage decision procedures. Sequential analysis
QA 280    Time series analysis


Call Numbers Explained

Find a Book on the Shelf

To find a book on the Library shelves you will need to know its call number. Call numbers are printed on the spine of the book and are also listed in the Library Catalogue. They tell you where the book is located in the library.

The University of Canterbury library, like most academic libraries, uses the Library of Congress Classification system. In this system, the call numbers start with letters of the alphabet.

  • The first letter refers to the subject area, e.g. Q – Science
  • Sometimes another letter is added to refer to a more specific aspect of the subject, e.g. QD – Chemistry

Reading Call Numbers: Library of Congress Classification System

Read the call number line by line:

  • Read the first line in alphabetical order.
  • The first set of numbers that follow are read as whole numbers and are arranged numerically on the shelves.


This diagram explains how Library of Congress call numbers work on the library shelves:


Call Numbers

(This image was produced by librarians at the University of Maryland Libraries (User Education Services), College Park, MD.)

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