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Frequently Asked Questions
Last Updated: Aug 4, 2015 URL: http://libguides.soka.edu/faq Print Guide RSS Updates

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How the books are organized

Call #

Subject

A

General Works

B

Philosophy

BF

Psychology

BJ

Ethics

BL-BX

Religion

C, D

World History

E, F

American History

G

Geography

GE

Environmental Sciences

GF-GT

Anthropology

H-HA

Social Sciences

HB-HJ

Economics

HM-HX

Sociology

J

Political Science

K

Law

L

Education

LA

History of Edu.

LB

Theory of Edu.

M

Music

N

Art & Architecture

P

Linguistics

PE

English

PL

Chinese & Japanese

PN

Literature (General)

PQ

French & Spanish

PR

English Lit.

PS

American Lit.

PZ

Fiction

Q

Sciences & Math

QR

Microbiology

R

Medicine & Health

S

Agriculture

T

Technology

TR

Photography

U

Military Science

V

Naval Science

Z

Library Science

See Library of Congress Classification for more information. 

 

FAQ: Hardware

  • Can I view videos in the library? 
    Current SUA students and employees may use the TV and media player (VHS, DVD, and Blu ray) in the group study rooms on the 3rd floor to view media material. External DVD drives are available for check out at the IT Helpdesk.
  • Do you have a microfilm reader? 
    There are two microfilm readers in the library. You will find one on the 1st floor printer room, and the other one is located on the 2nd floor. Please see a library staff at the Circulation Desk if you have any questions.
 

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FAQ: Searching

  • How are the library books organized?
    We follow the Library of Congress Classification system. Find the subject you are interested in and browse the book stacks. It is a great way to find perfect resources that you may miss when you only use the catalog to search.
  • How do I get lists of videos or audio materials?
    Advanced search will give you lists of any specific material types in the collection. Type in the wildcard “*” in the search box and under Material Type, choose “Sound Record” for music, “Spoken Records” for audio books, “Video/Visual” for videos. The film list by title and by production year is also available.
  • Where do I find novels and fiction books?
    They are shelved in our Circulating Collection on the 3rd floor, call number PN - PZ sections. We encourage you to go up there and browse the books. In addition, new acquisitions are briefly displayed at the entrance. 
  • Where do I find books in foreign languages?
    Because our focus is to support the foreign language classes, we actively purchase titles in French, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese. They are shelved in our Foreign Language Collection on the 3rd floor.
  • How can I find print magazines or journals? Can I check them out?
    Print periodicals are located on the 2nd floor of the Ikeda Library. Copiers/Scanners are available for all patrons to make copies.
  • How do I access the SUA MA theses and Undergraduate capstones?
    The SUA MA theses/projects approved by the Graduate School office are available on the 1st floor of the library. You may simply borrow them just as other circulating books. Undergraduate capstones are on reserve at the Circulation Desk. They are only accessible to SUA students who have the signed request form. They may be checked out for 4 hours.
  • How do I find items my professor has put on reserve?
    Reserve items are accessible from the circulation desk in the Library. Course Reserves page shows you how to find out what material has been placed on reserve.
 

FAQ: Borrowing & Returning

  • Can you just tell me who has the book? 
    Library staff follow very strict privacy guidelines. We do not give out any information about our borrowers.
  • How many library items can I check out? 
    There is no limit to how many items you can check out. However, the overdue fine is 25 cents per day per item. Please consider that you must return everything on time to avoid fines.
  • What if I want an item that someone else has checked out? 
    A hold can be placed on a title that is checked out by another patron. To do this online, click the “Request” link on top of the specific title record in the library catalog. A hold request also may be made by contacting the library or in person at the Circulation Desk. Once the item is returned and ready for check out, you will receive an email notification. The item will be held at the Circulation Desk for 3 days, and after that, it will be shelved back on the stacks for others to use.
  • Where do I return books when the library is closed? 
    They can be returned from outside to a return box, located between the library front entrance and 24-hour room entrance.
 

FAQ: E-books

Please go to ebooks: overview & troubleshooting page for more information.

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