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Inventors & Inventions: Finding Books On Inventions

How to find information about inventors and inventions

Reference Books

Finding More Books in the Library Search

Use this search box to find printed books and e-books on your subject. Try keyword searches, or try the name of an inventor. Use your My Chemeketa login to see links to request Summit books. When you log in, use lowercase letters for your user name. E-books will also require your My Chemeketa user name and password.

For precoordinated subject searches, please try the links below. They will return printed books and e-books in Chemeketa's library and Summit.

Finding Books on the Shelf

  • Our library uses the Dewey Decimal System to arrange books on the shelves 
  • Each book is assigned a decimal number that represents its subject 
  • There can be many books with the same decimal number

Picture of call number label

  • A second part of the call number is used to arrange books that have the same decimal number
  • Typically that line represents the author's name
  • Books shelved in special areas of the library have a tag that represents the area at the top of the call number 

In the example pictured, after locating the Reference shelves of the library, read the decimal number first, then the next line.  This call number represents a dictionary of English rhymes by an author named  Upton.