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Political Science Guide

WRLC Catalog

Catalog of the holdings of academic libraries in the Washington Research Libraries Consortium: American University, Catholic University, Gallaudet University, George Mason University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Howard University, Marymount University, and the University of D.C. Users at one university may borrow materials (books and journal articles) from any other library in the Consortium via the online Request option.

Call Numbers

Books on political science are catalogued in the J Library of Congress classification range.   They can be found on the fifth floor of the library.

Here is a breakdown of some the major subclasses:

J General legislative and executive papers
JA Political science (general)
JC Political theory. The state. Theories of the state.
JF-JQ Political institutions and public administration
JS Local and municipal government
JV Colonies and colonization, emigration and immigration, international migration
JX International law (no longer used)
JZ International relations
Visual diagram of the structure of call numbers. 1 is the top line, 2 the middle, and 3 the bottom

1. Books are shelved alphabetically by the first letter or letters
2. Books are then arranged numerically by the number following the letter(s)
3. Books are then shelved alphabetically by the next letter and decimally by the following number.

From Queen's University Library, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

GW Libraries • 2130 H Street NW • Washington DC