Using the CRID Library
Judith Head – MLS Librarian
Welcome to the Court Reporting
This tutorial covers library basics.
After you view it please sign-out on
the CRID Tutorial Form.
Ms Head - Librarian
The first thing you need to know is how the library is
organized. The CRID library uses the Library of
Congress Classification System for its non-fiction. The
call number on the book will always start with an
alphabet letter followed by numbers.
A – General Works K – Law
Reference L – Education
B – Philosophy, Psychology M – Music
& Religion N - Fine Arts
C – Auxiliary of Sciences: P – Language & Literature
History Q – Science
D – History – General & Old R – Medicine
World S – Agriculture
E – History : America T – Technology
F – History : America U – Military Science
G – Geography, Recreation & V – Naval Sciences
Anthropology, Z – Bibliography, Library Science
H – Social Studies
J – Political Science
If you look on the spine of each book you’ll see a call number
label. These call numbers tell you where to find books on the
shelves. All call numbers have at least two parts: the Letters
identifying the area for the book and the item identifier which
will be all numbers. ie: PS 3506 .A87 S6 1987
Some call numbers have prefixes that tell you about special
materials. REF means REFerence. TXT means TeXTbook.
and PER means PERiodical. These kinds of materials are for
library use only; they may not be checked out.
FIC means FICtion and BIO is for BIOgraphies. They are in their
own sections and you can check out these books.
Call Numbers on Spin Labels
Reference Non-Fiction Biography Fiction
Label Label Label Label
Look for this barcode on the back of
the book . When checking out a book
or DVD you will need to write the
letter code, from this bar code, on the
bottom on the yellow sheet where it
Bar Code Label ask for bar code #.
Look in the A Section for :
English & foreign-language learning
Many reference works have a section that tells you how
to use them. These often show a sample entry and give
information on how the contents are arranged.
Since reference works aren’t meant to be read
cover-to-cover, most have some form of index to
guide you to the particular information you want.
Now look at the types of materials typically
used to answer reference questions.
Library catalogs Encyclopedias
Bibliographies Statistical Summaries
Thesauri The Internet
Bibliographies are guides to reading material. Typically,
people compile bibliographies by subject or by type of
What Do I Read Next? at
(enter the barcode number from your Austin Public Library card.)
General dictionaries answer questions like, “What
does this word mean?” “What’s the origin of this
word?” “How do I spell __________?”
Webster’s New Third International REF 423 Web
American-English Usage REF Nic
These answer questions like, “What’s the address for Pepsi
Cola Company?” “How many mental health organizations
are there in Texas?”
The Encyclopedia of Associations (v.5) REF 060 Enc 2000.
Time Almanac 2003 REF 031 Tim
General encyclopedias answer questions on a variety
of subjects: “What’s the capital o9f Madagascar?”
“Who was Max Planck?” “What was the Arts and
Crafts Movement in art?” Use special subject
encyclopedias to find in-depth information on a
World Book Encyclopedia REF 031 Wor 2004
Encyclopedia of American Facts and Dates
REF 973.0202 Car
An index lists articles in response to the search terms
you choose. Some index entries come with abstracts,
short summaries of the article’s contents.
ENTER: Patron ID 2 7520 01102 1058
Use these to answer questions such as, “How many veterans of
WW II are still alive?” “How much do Americans spend on
recreation?” “How many high schools have Internet access?”
The Statistical Abstract of the United States at
Computer Almanac at
Use these when you want to know, “What’s another
way to say this?” “What’s the opposite of this
Roget’s II : The New Thesaurus REF 423 Rog
Roget’s Thesaurus 423 Rog
Look in the B Section for:
Look in the C & D, Sections for:
Auxiliary of Sciences, General and
Look in the E & F Sections for:
Look in the G Section for:
Look in the H Section for:
Look in the J Section for:
Look in the K Section for:
Look in the L Section for:
Look in the M Section for:
Look in the N Section for:
Look in the P Section for:
English and foreign-language literature
English and foreign-language poetry
Look in the Q Section for:
Look in the R Section for:
Medicine and health
Look in the S Section for:
(For our collection it will be
mostly Pets and Gardening books)
Look in the T Section for:
Handicrafts – Arts & Crafts
Home Economics – Cooking books
Look in the U Section for:
Look in the V Section for:
Look in the Z Section for :
What Can I Check Out?
The CRID library has books, audiocassettes, and videos for
students to check out. Not everything in the library may be
checked out, however. How can you be sure that you’re
allowed to check out the item you want?
Check the shelf label. Items on shelves labeled “library
use only,” reference books or magazines and newspapers
may not be checked out. You must use these in the library.
Check the Spine Label. Items with call numbers that
begin with REF or TXT may not be checked out. You must
use these in the library.
How To Check Out Books
If the librarian or the library assistant is in the library, just ask
and they will check out your items at that time.
If the librarian is not present you must fill out a yellow “Self
Check-Out” form before you can leave with the book/s. The
forms are located on the librarian’s desk.
Fill out the personal information and don’t forget the date.
Give the complete book title and author’s name. The barcode
you need to record on the check out form is located on the
back of the book. It will be in code and may look like FIC0001.
Leave the filled out form on the librarian’s desk or give it to
her and you can now take the book.
Remember no more than 2 books can be checked out at once
and they are due back in 2 weeks. IF you are overdue on a
book you are not allowed to check-out another one until all
books are returned.
How to Return Books
Return all books to the library desk or the rolling book
cart behind the desk. Leave any magazines, reference
books, or textbooks that you used while you were in
the library on the library table.
IMPORTANT! Please DO NOT re-shelve anything.
Leave magazines, books, or newspapers on the tables
or on the librarian’s desk when you are finished with
Overdue Books and Late Fees
The check-out period is 2 weeks for books and 2 days for
videos. If you need to keep an item longer, be sure to renew
it. You can e-mail the librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your library book is late, fines add up at 10 cents per day. If
your fine is $3.00 or more, the library will place a hold on your
schedules, grades, transcripts, textbooks, or any other
assistance until you pay.
If you have lost a book or it is damaged you will owe the cost
of the book to the library. The above penalties will be the
same for lost materials.
Money collected from fines goes to buy new books.
RESEARCHING IN THE
Court Reporting Institute
These answer questions like, “Where can I find a copy of
What Color Is Your Parachute?” “Which libraries carry
The New York Times?” “What books does the library
have on cookery?”
The CRID Library Catalog binder located on the computer
table next to the printer, or ask the librarian to look for your
request on the librarian’s computer. If at home you can use
the online catalog, called the AutoLibrarian Catalog.
The book you are interested in can be looked up under
TITLE, AUTHOR, or SUBJECT.
The CRID Catalog
CRID Dallas Campus Library
Catalog: To find books at CRID.
Enter URL: www.autolibrarian.net
Enter Library Pin #: pcrid793
There are so many pages on the world wide web that it
is tempting to bypass traditional reference works and
go straight online.
Indeed many of the reference works described
previously exists on web sites. But what about Internet
information in general? How can you identify sites that
carry good information?
Why would I use EBSCOHost
when I can use the Internet?
* Not necessarily reliable *Magazines
*Too many hits to choose
*Links to additional
*Nest searches to
•Click on the database you choose
•Enter the search term in the find
•Click on “full text”
•Click on “search”
•Click on the article title to read the
•Print, email, or save the article
One way is to look for information on authoritative web sites.
Librarians use the term authority to mean the evidence that a
work has been created by trustworthy sources.
Trustworthy sources are those with the credentials, training
and expertise, or subject matter background necessary to
create a work on a given topic.
One of the main duties of librarians is evaluating materials for their
authority. This means that you can check public library and
university library web pages for their links to authoritative sites.
Please see these directories:
Dallas Public Library http://dallaslibrary.org/
UT General Libraries reference links at
Librarians’ Index to the Internet at
Or you can search the Web directly. First, though, ask yourself,
“Do I need to use a search engine?”
See: “When and How to Search the Net”
by Marylaine Block
copyright, January 2000
If yes, here are some good search engines to try.
All The Web at http://www.alltheweb.com
AltaVista at http://www.altavista.com
Google at http://www.google.com
Compare the features of search engines at
Need a lesson on how to use a reference work? Can’t find
what you’re looking for? Can’t decide where to look? Want
to suggest a book for the library? Don’t hesitate to ask.
You’re not interrupting --- helping users is why we’re here.
The library hours are Monday, Wednesday & Thursday, 8
a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m.
to 2 p.m.
You can always email your questions. Write to the librarians
Someone will reply within 24 hours on weekdays.
Your Friendly CRID Librarian
Ms Judith Head
Presentation developed by Judith Head
Updated April 20, 2008