College Writing

A great place to start any research project, this guide will give you and overview of the resource process, help you find relevant, scholarly materials, and contains writing resources, citation help, and writing help

Browse the Stacks

The library uses the Library of Congress Classification system. Because books are organized by subject, you can browse the stacks and find related materials next to each other.

  • A-Z Call numbers  are on the 3rd floor (except for P).
  • P Call numbers are on the 1st floor basement level.
  • N call number books are in the quiet study area to the right at the top of the stairs to the 3rd floor.
  • Call numbers that start with JUV are in the Children's Room on the 1st floor basement level.
  • Call numbers that start with REF are on the main floor.
  • Call numbers that start with SPEC are in special collections. Ask for help at the desk.

Magazines, journals, microfilm, newspapers and DVDs are all on the main floor

Finding Books & EBooks

  • Use the Library Catalog to find books and e-books that are available at the MCLA library and from our partner libraries in HELM. For information on downloading ebooks, see our guide.
  • Use the Commonwealth Catalog (ComCat) to find books that are available statewide in Massachusetts.
  • Use WorldCat to search for books and ebooks held by libraries worldwide. Use the 'Request on Interlibrary Loan" button to request the item from another library.


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Go directly to the Commonwealth Catalog page to search for an item. You will need your library login (the same one  you use to request books in the MCLA HELM catalog) to request an item. Contact us if you need help logging in.



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