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How Do I ... Find Books

Where are the Books?

Most of the circulating books at Dudley Knox Library are located on the library's second floor. You can view a map of the second floor here.

This guide will assist the user in finding materials in Dudley Knox Library after determining locations and call numbers in the Library Catalog. Instructions for using the Catalog may be found in the Frequently Asked Questions BOSUN guide. You can also learn more about searching the BOSUN Catalog by taking the Library Orientation.

A CALL NUMBER is the alphanumeric classification by which an item is shelved. Call numbers actually start with letters: take a look at this map of the library's 2nd floor to see where to start looking for the book you want. (Call numbers are assigned based on the subject of the item, and the smart researcher will take note of call numbers that tend to be assigned to items of interest.) When you find the correct call number for the item you want, write down the entire number - you'll need it to locate the item.Call numbers for books and other library materials are available in the library's catalog.

Using the Library Catalog

Dudley Knox Library's Catalog is called BOSUN. It is a searchable database of the materials that the library owns or offers full-text access to. BOSUN can be used to identify books, videos, CDs, journal titles, federal documents, maps and other sources available from the library.

BOSUN is available from any computer than can access the Internet at It is linked from the library's home page, as well.

How do I use the Library catalog?

A guide to the library catalog is available here.

Books are shelved in call number order on the 2nd floor, although there are several locations you should know about. See below for an example of a book with a "General" location. Most of the circulating books at Dudley Knox Library are in the General Collection on the library's 2nd floor.

Example of a BOSUN record showing library location in GENERAL:


Common library locations are listed below.




Older editions of certain items are set aside in this section on the 2nd floor.
See a map


The library's Buckley Collection is located on the 2nd floor.
See a map


Please ask at the Circulation Desk near the library entrance for items with this location.
See a map


Click on the blue "Catalog Record" tab in a BOSUN record to find a link to electronic resources.


Government Publications are located on the library's 1st floor.
See a map


Oversize materials too large for the regular bookshelves, located on the 2nd floor.
See a map


Most of the circulating books at Dudley Knox Library are in the General Collection on the library's 2nd floor.
See a map


INTELL materials are located against a wall of the group study area on the library's 1st floor.
See a map


See a map


Microfilm and microfiche materials are located in a room behind the Student Lounge (to the left of the Circulation Desk on the first floor).
See a map


Periodicals are journals, magazines or other regularly, periodically published materials. Issues after 1975 are located on the first floor and those before 1975 are in the basement.
See a map


Reference materials do not circulate (check out) but may be used any time the library is open. They are located on the library's 1st floor.
See a map


NPS theses are shelved using a number keyed to the author's last name. They are shelved on the 2nd floor. (You can search for theses using BOSUN's thesis search feature.)
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How do you read a call number?

In general, following alphabetical and numerical rules from left to right. (Start with the letters first.)

Classification Type:Example:How to Read It

Library of Congress call numbers
(used for most books in the library)

U167.5.D37 L38 2001
See the 2nd floor map to see where call numbers are shelved

LC Call Number
(Links off-site)

Superintendent of Documents (or SuDoc) numbers
(used for Federal Documents.)

EP 1.23/6:600/R-95/076
See the 1st floor map to see where FEDDOCs are shelved

SuDoc Call Numbers






Finding an Item on the Shelf

Most of the books at Dudley Knox Library are shelved by call number in each library location, starting with call numbers in the As and ending with call numbers in the Zs. FEDDOCs (Federal Documents) on the Library's first floor use the Superintendant of Documents or SuDoc classification system.

Important note: The third line of a call number is read like a decimal number. (The decimal "dot" may or may not appear on the book label.) That means that A347 can come before A35 on the shelf because .347 is a smaller number than .35.

Example of LC Call Numbers Arranged in Correct Shelf Order:


 A note about periodicals (Journals and Magazines):

At Dudley Knox Library, periodicals are shelved using a short number based on the periodical's title. Refer to the How Do I ... Find Articles guide for further assistance.

Finding an NPS thesis:

Many of the dissertations and theses written at the Naval Postgraduate School can be found by searching BOSUN ( our online catalog), or Hyperion, our digital archives collection. Many recent NPS theses are available full-text on DTIC/STINET in PDF format. To borrow a paper copy of a thesis written by an NPS graduate, please search BOSUN by author or title, using the Thesis Search feature, then find the thesis on the library's 2nd floor.. For further information, please see our NPS Theses page.

See a flowchart on finding a thesis in the library.

What is the"Reserve Collection"?

The Reserve Collection is a group of books and other library materials set aside by class instructors for use by their students as class readings. These materials may be books from the library's collection, articles which you may copy and read, or other materials provided by the class instructor. These materials have a short loan period, the idea being that these items will be readily available for your use, despite high demand. Ask for Reserves items at the library's circulation desk. Learn more about the Reserve Collection.

What if your book is not on the shelf?

When library books are returned to the library, they are reshelved promptly. Even so, there are several locations where books may be placed while they are awaiting reshelving. If you find that the book you want is not on the shelf, even if the BOSUN record does not indicate that it is checked out, please ask for assistance.

If you need help finding materials for your research, please come by the research assistance desk in person, call us at (831) 656-2485 or DSN 756-2485, or contact us via email.

How Do I Find Books Beyond Dudley Knox Library?

How do you find the research materials you need?

Has an instructor ever tipped you off to a great resource, but you didn't know where to get it? Do you check the catalogs of other libraries? Use bibliographies? Talk to others in your program, or your thesis advisor? Some people to locate recent books on a topic. Sometimes you have to be pretty creative to find what you need. We hope you'll find the following information useful for locating materials for your research.

No library owns everything!

While we endeavor to keep our collection useful and relevant to NPS curricula, we recognize that a thorough literature search can lead researchers to materials beyond Dudley Knox Library. (Please note that we welcome your suggestions for mission-related library purchases. See the Book Purchase Request form.  There are several strategies for locating research materials beyond the NPS library.

Using Library Catalogs to Find Books

You can search most library catalogs, including BOSUN by TITLE, AUTHOR, SUBJECT HEADINGS and KEYWORD. As an NPS affiliate, you can use Interlibrary Loan to help you locate and borrow materials from other libraries.

Here are some examples of catalogs you may want to know about. We maintain a detailed list of relevant library catalogs, useful for defense and military research, which may be found on the our Libraries web page:


Nimitz Library CatalogMELVYL CATALOG
- University of California
CSUMB Library CatalogStanford Library Catalog
Library of Congress CatalogWorldCat
- locate materials in 9000 libraries worldwide.


Using Bibliographies to Find Books

Bibliographies are lists of titles arranged by topic and/or by author. For example, A.M. Babkina's bibliography on Terrorism provides readers with a list of works written on that topic. Bibliographies usually cover all forms of literature: books, journal articles, conference papers, theses and reference handbooks. The task of locating these materials is usually a separate step.

Search BOSUN to determine whether Dudley Knox Library has bibliographies that interest you. You can set up either a Subject Search (if you know the Library of Congress Subject Heading for your topic) or a General Search (if you don't know the LC Subject Heading). Include the word "bibliography" after your search terms.

Example: submarine warfare bibliography.

Here are some examples of bibliographies on Defense and Military topics, created by Library Liaisons here at NPS. Other bibliographies on military topics may be found on the library's Bibliographies web page.

Submarine Warfare in the 20th & 21st CenturiesChemical, Biological, and Nuclear Terrorism/Warfare
Intelligence and Policy-MakingBibliography of Professional Military Education


Finding Dissertations from other institutions

To borrow dissertations written elsewhere, you may be able to obtain them through Interlibrary Loan, or they can be purchased through Dissertation Express. For more help in finding dissertations, please contact Research Assistance at (831) 656-2485 or DSN 756-2485, or via email.

Using DTIC's STINET to find defense-related research reports

A rich source of defense-related research reports is The Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)'s Scientific and Technical Information Network (STINET) Service. The DTIC/STINET database contains citations for and often the full text for these materials. Coverage ranges from science and engineering to the behavioral and social sciences. STINET includes reports and theses from all of the U.S. military schools (including NPS) and reports from agencies such as GAO, DoD IG, CNA, RAND, LMI and many others. Because it is free to the public, you can continue to use it after you leave NPS, so DTIC/STINET can be a useful resource to you for the rest of your career. Please note that we give free classes on using DTIC/STINET in Dudley Knox Library. Learn more about this and other library research classes here

Does the Library have Textbooks?

As a rule, the library does not routinely purchase textbooks. Occasionally class texts will be placed in the Reserve Collection for student use. A good source for used textbooks can be found at   If you feel that the library should add an item to the collection, you are invited to make a suggestion using the Book Purchase Request Form.

If you need help finding materials for your research, please come by the research assistance desk in person, call us at (831) 656-2485 or DSN 756-2485, or contact us via email.

We welcome your questions!

Revised: 10/06/2004

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