Here are a few types of books within Hostos Library:
TYPES OF NON-FICTION BOOKS
These books have information that you look up quickly.
Our physical reference books are downstairs in the Information Learning Commons (room with the computers). Our online reference books can be found through OneSearch (use the "resource type" filter on the side and choose "reference entries") or in Gale Virtual Reference Library.
Here is an EXAMPLE of a reference book article.
General audience books
These books assume that you are interested in but not yet an expert on the subject.
Their authors might be professors or researchers, but could also be journalists, or professionals in other fields (e.g., politics, restaurants, fashion, sports), or could be writing about their personal experience.
EXAMPLE of a non-fiction book written for a general audience.
These books assume that you have already studied quite a lot about the topic, and will explore ideas, events, people, or places in detail and depth.
They are often published by a university press, and usually written by researchers and professors. Their authors are usually professors or other academic researchers.
They are more likely than general audience books to explicitly cite references, including journal articles, primary sources, and other scholarly books.
EXAMPLE of a scholarly book.
The library will put textbooks on reserve at the request of course professors. These required readings can be found upstairs in the reserves room (or in the case of three-day loans, at the circulation desk).
TYPES OF LITERARY BOOKS
The category of literature includes:
Novels: Novels are long works of fiction imagined and created by their author. They may be realistic or fantastic. They may be based on historical events, or set in the present. We have novels in English and Spanish, and a few in other languages.
Short Stories: The library has anthologies of short stories. Anthologies are books that include works written by many different authors.
The library also has plays and poetry.
To browse works of literature, you can look on the shelves in the "stacks" in the main reading room downstairs. For the most commonly read books at Hostos, see books that start with call numbers:
For call numbers of literature from other places and in other languages, see here. (You'll notice that although works from all over the world are represented, the Library of Congress classification system unfortunately reflects a Western/Northern bias, by creating much more detailed categories for works of literature in the Western and especially English-speaking world.)
We also have graphic novels (sometimes called comics or graphic narratives)--works that combine visual images with written text. These works can be fiction or non-fiction (including a lot of reportage and memoir).
Most, though not all, of our graphic novels can be found in the section with call numbers in the PN 6700-6800 range.
This is what an e-book result looks like in OneSearch:
On the record page, you will see at least one link to get to read the book:
Once you get to the book, notice the information before you. Each e-book publisher is a bit different, but there may be:
When you click on "read online" you will be able to read the book, and can also search for particular words inside the book.
Here's what it looks like after you do a search:
Libraries arrange books by call number. The call number is connected to the subject of the book. (The difference between call number and ISBN numbers is that ISBN used by booksellers and has to do with where a book was published, the publishing company, and the title of the book, but has no connection to the book's content.)
TIP: Because books are arranged by subject, it's a great habit to BROWSE the shelves, as books on similar subjects will be close to each other.
In OneSearch, the call number will look like this:
On the book itself, the call number will look like this:
The books in the stacks (downstairs in the large reading room) are arranged from A to Z as follows:
1. Looking for your book's call number, always start at the TOP of the label and work your way down line by line.
Let's say this is your call number:
(A couple of rows are hidden by the stairs, but you can tell where you are in the alphabet by the shelves before and after the stairs).
So for example,
will always come before
no matter what you see below those three lines.
OneSearch will search across our collection for ebooks (filter with the "books" filter on the right).
If you prefer, you can also search a particular package of ebooks. Included below are some highly recommended open access collections as well. Each platform has a different look and features.
Credo Reference — An online reference library that provides access to a selection of reference books including encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations, and a range of subject-specific titles. It also includes a collection of handbooks on Criminology.
Ebsco ebook Subject Collection — A small collection of books on computers and history.
Gale Virtual Reference Library — Encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.
Latin American Women Writers — Approximately 19,500 pages of prose and poetry and 36 plays by women writers from Mexico, Central, and South America.
Latino Literature — Approximately 380 plays and 67,500 pages of prose and poetry by Chicano, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican and other Latin writers working in the United States.
Nursing eBooks @ Ovid — A small collection of popular titles in Nursing and Allied Health. Not available for download onto portable devices.
Palgrave Connect ebooks — Academic ebooks chiefly in the social sciences, humanities and business.
Project Gutenberg — A free collection of classics from all over the world.
SpringerLink — Scientific documents from journals, books, series, protocols and reference works.
Nearly every academic journal is now published only electronically (online). The library also has access to more ebooks (books that you read online) than to physical books (an e-book is just a book that you happen to read on your computer: it is still a book!) Click here for more information on using e-books.)
Both these things were not true a generation ago, and some assignments have not been updated to reflect this new reality. If you are told you must use "only print sources", or told you cannot use "online sources", please do this:
Before the "Currently on shelf" filter is applied:
After the filter is applied:
As you can see from the example above, limiting to only physical books will eliminate most of the available resources, particularly for topics of current interest, so please come to a librarian for assistance on the lower level of the library if you need help finding enough sources that fulfill the printed-book-only requirement.