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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Resources Overview Guide

General purpose subject guide with resources pertaining to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Understanding Library Organization at Western

How library organization works...

Western's library collection is organized in a specific way so that users can easily and quickly locate the books they need and want. It's designed both for browsing (when you don't know what you want) and for quickly locating specific items (when you know exactly what you want).

How is Western's library collection organized?

Western, like many other college libraries, uses the Library of Congress (LC) Classification System to organize library materials by subject. The call number of a book is like the book’s address, providing valuable information about where to find the book within the library collection.

How do I find what I'm looking for?

You can use the library catalog to find the call number of a specific book. You can also use the catalog to search by subject or topic or use the list below to help you find books at Western related to your program and subject area.

But what if I need help?

If you need assistance, just ask a librarian!

For more information about navigating the library collection to find books and articles, use the guide below.

Library of Congress Subject Categories

  • Class Q – Science
  • Subclass QA – Mathematics
  • Subclass QA 75.5-76.95 – Electronic computers. Computer science
  • Subclass QA 76.75-76.765 – Computer software
  • Subclass QA 101-145 – Elementary mathematics. Arithmetic
  • Subclass QA 150-272.5 – Algebra
  • Subclass QA 273-280 – Probabilities. Mathematical statistics.
  • Subclass QA 299.6-433 – Analysis
  • Subclass QA 440-699 – Geometry. Trigonometry.
  • Subclass QA 801-939 – Analytic mechanics
  • Subclass QB – Astronomy
  • Subclass QC – Physics
  • Subclass QD – Chemistry
  • Subclass QE – Geology
  • Subclass QH – Natural history. Biology
  • Subclass QK – Botany
  • Subclass QL – Zoology
  • Subclass QM – Human anatomy
  • Subclass QP – Physiology
  • Subclass QR – Microbiology
  • Class T – Technology
  • Subclass TA – Engineering (general). Civil engineering
  • Subclass TC – Hydraulic engineering. Ocean engineering
  • Subclass TD – Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
  • Subclass TE – Highway engineering. Roads and pavements
  • Subclass TF – Railroad engineering and operation
  • Subclass TG – Bridge engineering
  • Subclass TH – Building construction
  • Subclass TJ – Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Subclass TK – Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering
  • Subclass TL – Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
  • Subclass TN – Mining engineering. Metallurgy
  • Subclass TP – Chemical technology
  • Subclass TS – Manufactures

Books Available in the Learning Commons

Below, you will find a sample of books available at the Western Learning Commons. 

Want to search for a specific book? Search the Western library catalog!

Need a book that Western doesn't have? Western students and staff have access to interlibrary loan, which allows us to borrow books and materials from other libraries. Please reach out to library@westerntc.edu with any questions or to place your request

Digital Book Collections (eBooks)

Electronic books at Western

Does the library have digital books available?

In addition to our collection of print books, Western students and staff have access to an extensive collection of digital books. Search the library catalog (linked above) and limit by format to eBooks or search the collections linked below.


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400 7th Street North
La Crosse, WI 54601
learningcommons@westerntc.edu
State Relay: 711
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