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Each print book in the library has a location code on the spine made up of numbers and letters. The number is based on the subject and the letters (usually) on the author's surname. All the books are shelved in sequence so that similar books can be found near each other. You need to make a note of this shelf mark or location code from the catalogue to find your book. The main subject groupings and corresponding shelf mark numbers are recorded in this table. This is useful if you simply want to browse the shelves.
|Subject area||Shelf mark number||Subject area||Shelf mark number|
|Art History||709||Furniture: Manufacture||684.1|
|Computer Aided Design (CAD)||620.00420285||Machinery Design||621.815|
|Design: History||745.4||Materials: Engineering||620.11|
|Design: Industrial||745.2||Mathematics: Engineering||510.2462|
|Drawing: Engineering||621.71||Plastics: Manufacturing||668.4|
|Engineering Design||620.0042||Product Design||745.2|
|Engineering Materials||620.11||Product Design: Engineering||620.0042|
|Ergonomics: Design||620.82||Product Design: Management||658.5752|
|Furniture: History and Design||749.2|
Shelf mark locations in the Sir Michael Cobham Library:
|1st floor: 001-339||2nd floor: 340-399|
|3rd floor: 400-699||4th floor: 700-999|
The majority of our eBooks can be accessed via the library catalogue. They can also be searched at a collection level. The advantage is the ability to perform a full text search across the whole collection. The key collections for Design & Engineering are:
Reference sources such as encyclopedia are a great starting point for research, providing credible introductions to key topics:
Hundreds of engineering titles (also listed on the library catalogue).
Searches across hundreds of reference sources providing access to thousands of research articles.
Provided by the British Plastics Federation. Described as the web's largest plastics encyclopedia.