Books in most academic libraries are organized by subject using the Library of Congress classification scheme. Each book is assigned a "call number" under a "subject heading."
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of PACS, relevant books may be scattered throughout the entire library collection. Therefore, make sure you search the library catalogue in addition to browsing the shelves. However, shelf browsing is still worthwhile when looking for topic ideas, or finding books you may not have noticed in your catalogue search.
When browsing the shelves, please do not put books back on the shelf ! Bring books you are not signing out to the library desk. Staff will be happy to shelve them for you.
Look for the Virtual Browse carousel that appears at the bottom of every library book record. You can scroll left or right to see other books in the library system that might sit together on the same shelf.
Omni connects the libraries of 18 Ontario universities through one library catalogue. All students, staff and faculty at the University of Waterloo are Omni borrowers. You can order print materials and access digital and open source materials directly through the Omni catalogue.
If a book or article is not available in Omni, use the Interlibrary Loan tab to fill out a request form.
Aside from their in-depth analysis, dissertations and theses typically contain thorough bibliographies.
Scanning these bibliographies can save you research time since they often list primary and secondary sources you would be interested in.