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Welcome to the John Vaughan Library

Purpose of the Library:

The library supports the curriculum at Northeastern State University.  There are also recreational reading materials available.  Library hours are provided to accommodate the needs of students.  Comfortable couches are provided for your convenience.  Laptops and iPads are available at the Reserve Desk for in-library use, so that research can be conducted in a comfortable setting.

How the Library is Organized:

Maps are available to provide general information about the library. Most materials are arranged by subject using the Library of Congress Classification System. The John Vaughan Library Physical Overview CLIP tutorial provides introductory material to the library's collections and services.

The Y Collection is organized by using the Dewey Decimal Classification System.

Fiction
E     Easy reading or picture books
F     Fiction (in alphabetical order by author's last name)

Nonfiction
  000    Generalities
 100    Philosophy & Psychology
 200    Religion
 300    Social Sciences
 400    Language
 500    Natural Sciences & Mathematics
 600    Technology (Applied Sciences, including Medicine)
 700    The Fine Arts
  796 Sports
 800    Literature & Rhetoric
 900    Geography & History

Biography
B       Organized by biographee's last name

How do I get assistance in the Library?

Reference assistance is available at the John Vaughan Library on the Tahlequah campus Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Friday, provided by librarians and professional library staff.   You may call 918-444-3235 for assistance or refer to our list of resource coordination librarians to ask a librarian a question.  The library is here to help you, so please do not hesitate to ask questions.

How do I find a book to read?

There are several locations in which fiction books are located.  On the third floor, fiction books can be found in the Y Collection in the "F" section.  This is a collection of books that has young adult fiction.  It is an easy area to browse.  Fiction books are also located in the PZZ (mostly detective and mystery) sections of the third floor.  Another area which contains fiction is the PS section.  However, this area contains nonfiction, also. 

For assistance in selecting a book based on genre, try the English 0113 Author page. If you know the author of a book, search the Library Catalog by changing the search from title to author and typing the author's last name first.  To find books in the Y Collection, do an advanced keyword search.  Type in a keyword and then limit the search by location to John Vaughan, Y Collection. Another approach is to do a subject search on "Readers (Secondary)."

How do I find a magazine to read?

There are many popular magazines available to read in the Browsing section of the library located on the first floor, on the east and southeast walls.  These titles are organized by subject.  Some of the magazines contain short stories and poetry. 

When searching for a magazine article on a particular subject, use a database such as Academic Search Premier or  Masterfile Premier.

These indexes are available through the John Vaughan Library Home Page. Using your NSU user ID and password, these resources may be accessed from off-campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Something About The Author (SATA)

Something About The Author, an excellent resource containing biographical information about many authors of children's and young adult literature, is available in print in the JVL Reference Collection, and also online.




  • College of Liberal Arts
  • Department of Languages and Literature





    • SophiaBeverley Threatt, MLS, MA
      Instructor of Library Services
      Languages and Literature and Communication, Art, & Theatre
      Resource Coordinator
      (918) 444-3267
      threatt@nsuok.edu


    Page maintained by: SB Threatt threatt@nsuok.edu
    Last Updated: 08/06/2012