Social Science books generally are found within the range of call numbers that begin with the letter H. You may find books in other parts of the library if a topic is fits in two categories, for example books about health issues that affect society may be found in the health section. Ask a librarian if you need help locating books. Here is a breakdown of the H call numbers:
H – Social sciences (General)
HA – Statistics
HB – Economic theory. Demography
HC – Economic history and conditions
HD – Industries. Land use. Labor
HE – Transportation and communications
HF – Commerce
HG – Finance
HJ – Public finance
HM – Sociology (General)
HN – Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
HQ – The family. Marriage, Women and Sexuality
HS – Societies: secret, benevolent, etc.
HT – Communities. Classes. Races
HV – Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
HX – Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
This video will explain how Library of Congress Classification works in order to aid you when locating books within the Thompson Library.
Visit the Library of Congress Classification Outline for more information.
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First you can check to see if it is available on the Ann Arbor campus. If it is, you can request that it be sent here for you to check out. See our Get This page for information and instructions on how to use this service.
If it's not available in Ann Arbor you can place an Interlibrary Loan request. This means that the book will come from a participating library elsewhere in the United States. See our Interlibrary Loan page for information and instructions on how to use this service.