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What's This 'HM' All About?

Wellesley College uses the Library of Congress classification system to organize books on the shelves.

The Library of Congress Class that includes Sociology is H. Browsing the following call number range may produce helpful results.

For a more complete listing see:

HM:  Sociology (general)

HN:  Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform.

HQ:  The family. Marriage. Women.

HS:  Societies: secret, benevolent, etc.

HT:  Communities. Classes. Race.

HV:  Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology.


Quick Guide to Library Locations

Call # / Location
Books & Videos A-DZ
Knapp Multimedia Ctr
PC Classroom
Computing Help Desk
Research Help Desk
Reference Books
Books & Videos E-PM
Books & Videos PN-Z
Special Collections
Book Arts Lab


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Catalog Search Tips

Try a keyword search. Once you find a book that is relevant to your topic, use the subject headings of that book to help you find "more like this". For example:

Keyword (All Fields) search:

Subject headings:

Not finding enough, or an item checked out? Search WorldCat and request a copy.


**Here's a little trick! Find the specific area in the library where your topic would be found. If there are not enough books in that area to satisfy you, MOVE TO THE LEFT. Classification systems in the library move to the right from the general to the more specific. If you move to the left, you will move UP in the hierarchy to the more general discipline out of which your topic lives.**

Search SuperSearch

SuperSearch is a great place to start for journal articles, books and almost everything else the library has, in one easy to use interface.

To use SuperSearch, visit it at and type in keywords or a book title.

In the filters on the left-hand side of the screen, choose eBooks and Books from the Source Type list to filter for all books.

Screenshot: To find all books, check off the eBooks and Books options in the Source Types filter on the left side of the SuperSearch results page.