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All items labeled “REF” are general reference books that can be consulted in the library building but may not be borrowed or removed from the building.

All faculty, staff, and students are eligible to borrow books and other material from the Nelson Mandela library.
Library members from COTUL member institutions are also eligible to borrow books through the Inter-library loan system.


Use of the Reference section:

The order of the books on the shelves is :
1. Alphabetical as regards the letters, e.g.: B, then BJ, then BX, then D, etc. 2. Numerical as regards the number, e.g.: 434, then 434.2, 434.25, 434.3, 435. 3. A Cutter number stays with its precedent number, e.g.: BS 2545; BS 2545.C5; BS 2555. 4. Finally, it should be alphabetical as regards the first three letters of the author’s name, e.g.: RAD – RAH – ROD – SCH

For quick brief information consult a dictionary, e.g.:
• A language dictionary e.g : Oxford Language Dictionaries On - line
• A biographical dictionary, e.g.: Webster’s Biographical Dictionary (CT 103)

For additional information use the general encyclopedias, e.g.: Encyclopedia Britannica or the specialized encyclopedias, e.g.: The international encyclopedia of higher education . These normally give you overviews of the topic with selected bibliographies. This is a good way to begin your research though normally you will not quote these sources unless you use a lot of their material (always remember that the lecturer, too, is supposed to have read in the encyclopedias something related to his subject). In order to utilize the Reference section properly you will need to be conversant with the specialized dictionaries and encyclopedias.

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