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Research Guide for Communication majors and students enrolled in Communication classes

Browse the Stacks

The library uses the Library of Congress Classification system. Because books are organized by subject, you can use this system to browse the stacks and find books that are similar on the same shelf.

810.3 American fiction by Helder da Rocha  
How Call Numbers Work

Here is an example of a call number that you might find on a book:

1. Books are shelved alphabetically by the first letter or letters (PR)

2. They are then arranged numerically by the number that comes after the letters (4034)

3. Finally, books are shelved alphabetically by the next letter and then decimally by the following number (.P7)

Find Books at the Madden Library and in Libraries Around the World

Need a book? Search the links below for the books we have at the Henry Madden Library and in libraries around the world.

eBooks from the Library

The library provides access to many eBooks to Fresno State users through the library catalog.

To find eBooks, go to the library's home page and do a search from the home page search box. Enter your key words and then choose eBooks on the left side of the page to narrow your results. 

Books on the Web

Why aren't all books available for free on the web? 

Most of the books that are currently available for free on the web are in the public domain. A public domain work is a creative work that is not protected by copyright and which may be freely used by everyone. In general, books published prior to 1923 have expired copyright and are in the public domain. Many of these works have been digitized and are available for free in some form on the web.

How do I find books that are available for free?

If you are looking for a particular book and want to find out if it is available for free on the web, try using the search engine Just Free Books. You can also search Google Books to see if the full text of the book is available. Keep in mind that some books you may find on Google Books may only be available to view in "limited preview" or "snippet view."

If you are just browsing and looking for an interesting book or other text, try exploring some of the links below to find the full text of books, poetry and other works.

If you would like to recommend other sites to be included on this list (or any of the other sections of this guide), please let me know in the Comments section at the bottom of this box.