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1.  Look up the research topic you were assigned using the appropriate reference source:

2.  Find a scholarly monograph on your topic

3.  Present your book

  • What makes it a scholarly monograph
  • The search process -- how did you find it?

    Library of Congress Classification System

    Library of Congress is a classification system used to:
    • Give each book a location -- an address where to locate the book
    • Locate books on the same subject in the same part of the library
    Some LC classifications for Western History include:
    LC classification includes further subclassifications -- for topics, authors, dates, etc.  Notice that the subclassifications include a time frame. Choose books before 1648:
    DA90-125  Antiquities. Social life and customs.Ethnography
    DA129-592  By period
    DA129-260  Early and medieval to 1485
    DA140-199  Celts. Romans. Saxons. Danes. Normans
    DA200-260  1154-1485. Angevins. Plantagenets. Lancaster-York
    DA300-592  Modern, 1485­
    DA310-360  Tudors, 1485-1603
    DA350-360  Elizabeth I, 1558-1603. Elizabethan age
    DA385-398  Early Stuars, 1603-1642

    LC Classification system was devised to provide order to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The library of 1.5 million volumes was moving to new quarters in 1897. Melvil Dewey (of the Dewey Decimal System) refused to allow any alterations to his system. Consequently, a new system was created and letters were used as the first defining element. Classification was based on "literary warrant" -- if Library of Congress had books on a topic, a place in the classification was created. --Topsy Smalley


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