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Understanding an Off Pubs shelf mark (UK organisations) The Official Publications section has its own unique classification scheme. The shelf marks look very different to shelf marks used elsewhere in the Library. However, they are designed to help you locate an item, with each section of the shelf mark narrowing your search on the shelves. Below you will find examples of the main types of shelf marks with an explanation of the meaning of each section. This should help you understand the shelf mark you have found on the Library catalogue and locate the item you require. If you do not know the shelf mark of an item, please use the Library catalogue to find it. You search for all nonparliamentary publications in the same way that you would search for a book or journal elsewhere in the Library. If you need further help, please contact the Help Desk on Floor 2 (libenq@le.ac.uk).

Individual publication:

OFF PUBS | Part of the Official Publications collection

UK/ENV | | UK government Abbreviation of a government publication department e.g. Environment N.B. This can be historic

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1999 | Year of publication. Individual or miscellaneous publications are shelved towards the end of each dept. section. They are arranged by year and then alphabetically by TITLE within the year. Therefore you need to know the title of the book you are looking for!


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Publication in a series:

OFF PUBS |

Part of the Official Publications collection

UK/HOM | |

HORS no. 32 |

UK government Abbreviation of a Abbreviation of series name and government number in series. publication department. e.g. e.g. Home Office Research Study, Home Office no. 32. The full name of the series can be found on the Library catalogue record. Series are shelved alphabetically by series name after the journals in each department section.

Journal:

OFF PUBS | Part of the Official Publications collection

UK/CES | | UK government Abbreviation of a government publication department e.g. Central Statistical Office.

A6219.3 | Cutter number. Journals are arranged at the beginning of each dept section in alphabetical order by title/cutter number

N.B. This can be historic – this department has changed its name many times

Revised 13 October 2011

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University of Leicester Official Publications shelf mark guide  
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