Michigan State University

SuDocs Call Number Quiz

This quiz is designed to reinforce your knowledge of the basic rules. If you choose the wrong answer, choose again. Most of the wrong answers may help to reinforce your knowledge of the call number system, so you may want check out the wrong answers, too. You can refer back to the SuDocs Basics page any time you need to.

  1. All the letters at the beginning of call numbers are based on the name of the department--A is Agriculture, C is Commerce, D is Defense and so on.
  2. True
  3. The SuDocs classification is based on the Dewey Decimal System.
  4. True
  5. Which call number run is in the correct SuDocs call number order?
  6. List A
    C 3.2:N 21
    C 3.2:N 21/3
    C 3.2:N 21/997
    List B
    TD 4.8:IN 8/996
    TD 4.8:IN 8/999
    TD 4.8:IN 8/2/997
    List C
    L 2.121/34:M 66
    L 2.121/34:P 53
    L 2.121/33:P 53/2
    List D
    S 1.2:B 56
    S 1.23:C 33
    S 1.3:D 44
  7. How many digits are normally used to represent a year in a SuDocs call number?
  8. 2
  9. What is the general rule of order yuou should follow when shelving SuDocs?
  10. Years, numbers, letters
    Numbers, years, letters
    Letters, numbers, years
    Numbers, letters, years
    Years, letters, numbers
    Letters, years, numbers
  11. The call number before the colon is called the call number stamen.
  12. True
  13. The following books are not shelved correctly. Which one book can you move to put them in correct call number order?
  14. A     B     C     D
    Books to shelve


  15. The SuDocs classification system is called a provenance system.
  16. True