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This guide will provide information about discovering books on business topics.

Paper books will be found on the shelves by topic. Below are the LC classifications (call numbers) for subjects.

There are many categories, so the breakdown will be in three separate boxes.

NOTE: Electronic books (ebooks) will only be found by searching the catalog or the Electronic books tool.

Discovering Books in Business Part 1

Finding Books by subject headings.

There are two ways to discover paper business books.

(1) Search by keyword or Subject Heading

      In our book catalogs, keywords will be searched in titles, sometimes in table-of-contents, and in official subject headings.

      Hint: Once you find a good title, from the detailed record use the Subject Headings to find other titles in a similar area.

      Hint: Many titles are found side-by-side on the shelves by call number (see below), so browse the shelves.


(2) Browse by Library of Congress (LC) call number.

       Books are arranged on the shelves using a letter/number system, and these numbers align with official Subject Headings.

       The LC numbers and associated headings for business are:


Subclass HB


HB1-3840                               Economic theory.  Demography

HB71-74                                       Economics as a science.  Relation to other


HB75-130                                     History of economics.  History of economic theory Including special economic schools

HB131-147                                   Methodology

HB135-147                                         Mathematical economics.  Quantitative methods Including econometrics, input-output analysis, game theory

HB201-206                                   Value.  Utility

HB221-236                                   Price

HB238-251                                   Competition.  Production.  Wealth

HB501                                          Capital.  Capitalism

HB522-715                                   Income.  Factor shares

HB535-551                                         Interest

HB601                                                Profit

HB615-715                                         Entrepreneurship.  Risk and uncertainty.


HB801-843                                   Consumption.  Demand

HB846-846.8                                Welfare theory

HB848-3697                                  Demography.  Population.  Vital events

HB3711-3840                                Business cycles.  Economic fluctuations


Subclass HC


HC10-1085                             Economic history and conditions

HC79                                           Special topics


                                                               Including air pollution, automation,

                                                                     consumer demand, famines, flow of funds,


HC92                                           Economic geography of the oceans (General)

HC94-1085                                   By region or country


Subclass HD


HD28-9999                             Industries.  Land use.  Labor

HD28-70                                       Management.  Industrial management

HD39-40.7                                          Capital.  Capital investments

HD41                                                 Competition

HD45-45.2                                          Technological innovations.  Automation

HD47-47.4                                          Costs

HD49-49.5                                          Crisis management.  Emergency management. Inflation

HD50-50.5                                          Delegation of authority.  Decentralization. Span of control

HD56-57.5                                          Industrial productivity

HD58                                                 Location of industry

HD58.7-58.95                                     Organizational behavior, change and effectiveness.  Corporate culture

HD59-59.6                                          Public relations.  Industrial publicity

HD60-60.5                                          Social responsibility of business

HD61                                                 Risk in industry.  Risk management

HD62                                                 Standardization.  Simplification.  Waste

HD62.2-62.8                                       Management of special enterprises

HD66-66.2                                          Work groups.  Team work in industry. Quality circles

HD69                                                 Other

                                                                     Including business consultants, capacity, size of industries, etc.

HD72-88                                       Economic growth, development, planning

HD101-1395.5                              Land use

                                                         Land tenure

HD1286-1289                                            Communal ownership

HD1290-1291                                            Municipal ownership

HD1301-1313                                            Nationalization (Agrarian socialism)

HD1326-1329                                            Large holdings

HD1330-1331                                            Landlord and peasant

HD1332-1333.5                                         Land reform.  Agrarian reform

HD1334-1335                                            Consolidation of land holdings

HD1336-1339                                            Small holdings.  Peasant proprietors.


HD1361-1395.5                                   Real estate business

HD1401-2210                                Agriculture

HD1428-1431                                      International cooperation

HD1470-1476                                      Size of farms

HD1478                                              Sharecropping

HD1483-1486                                      Agricultural associations, societies, etc.

HD1491-1491.5                                   Cooperative agriculture


HD1492-1492.5                                   Collective farms

HD1493-1493.5                                   Government owned and operated farms.  State farms.  Sovkhozes

HD1501-1542                                      Agricultural classes Including farm tenancy, agricultural laborers

HD1549                                              Gleaning

HD1580                                              Reclamation of agricultural land.  Melioration

HD1635-1702                                      Utilization and culture of special classes of lands

                                                                     Including pasture lands, water resources development

HD1711-1741                                      Irrigation

HD2321-4730.9                             Industry

HD2329                                              Industrialization

HD2330                                              Rural industries

HD2331-2336                                      Home labor.  Home-based businesses

HD2337-2339                                      Sweatshops

HD2340.8-2346.5                                Small and medium-sized businesses, artisans, handicrafts, trades

HD2350.8-2356                             Large industry.  Factory system.  Big business

HD2365-2385                                      Contracting.  Letting of contracts

HD2421-2429                                      Trade associations

HD2709-2930.7                                   Corporations

                                                                     Including international business enterprises, diversification, industrial concentration, public utilities

HD2951-3575                                      Cooperation.  Cooperative societies

HD3611-4730.9                                   Industrial policy.  The state and industrial organization

                      Including licensing of occupations and professions, subsidies, inspection, government ownership, municipal services

HD4801-8943                                Labor.  Work.  Working class

HD4861-4895                                      Labor systems

HD4909-5100.9                                   Wages

HD5106-5267                                      Hours of labor

                                                                     Including overtime, shift work, sick leave, vacations

HD5306-5474                                      Labor disputes.  Strikes and lockouts

HD5481-5630.7                                   Industrial arbitration.  Mediation  and


HD5650-5660                                      Employee participation in management. 

                                                               Employee ownership.  Industrial democracy. Works councils

HD5701-6000.9                                   Labor market.  Labor supply.  Labor demand

                                          Including unemployment, manpower policy, occupational training, employment agencies

HD6050-6305                                      Classes of labor

                         Including women, children, students,middle-aged and older persons, minorities

HD6350-6940.7                                   Trade unions.  Labor unions.  Workers' associations

HD6941-6948                                      Employers' associations

HD6951-6957                                      Industrial sociology.  Social conditions of labor

HD6958.5-6976                                   Industrial relations

HD6977-7080                                      Cost and standard of living

HD7088-7252                                      Social insurance.  Social security.  Pension

HD7255-7256                                      Vocational rehabilitation.  Employment of people with disabilities

HD7260-7780.8                                   Industrial hygiene. Industrial welfare

HD7795-8027                                      Labor policy.  Labor and the state

HD8031                                              Labor in politics.  Political activity of the

working class

HD8038                                              Professions (General).  Professional employees

HD8039                                              By industry or trade

HD8045-8943                                      By region or country

HD9000-9999                                Special industries and trades

HD9000-9495                                      Agricultural industries

HD9502-9502.5                                   Energy industries.  Energy policy.  Fuel trade

HD9506-9624                                      Mineral industries.  Metal trade

HD9650-9663                                      Chemical industries

HD9665-9675                                      Pharmaceutical industry

HD9680-9714                                      Mechanical industries

                                                                     Including electric utilities, electronic industries, and machinery

HD9715-9717.5                                   Construction industry

HD9720-9975                                      Manufacturing industries

HD9999                                              Miscellaneous industries and trades


Business Books Part 2

Subclass HE


HE1-9990                               Transportation and communications

HE199-199.5                                Freight (General)

HE199.9                                       Passenger traffic (General)

HE305-311                                   Urban transportation

HE323-328                                   Transportation geography.  Trade routes

HE331-380                                   Traffic engineering.  Roads and highways. Streets

HE369-373                                         Traffic surveys (General)

HE374-377                                         Bridges

HE379-380                                         Tunnels.  Vehicular tunnels

HE380.8-971                                Water transportation

HE380.8-560                                      Waterways

HE561-971                                         Shipping

HE730-943                                               Merchant marine.  Ocean shipping.  Coastwise shipping

HE1001-5600                                Railroads.  Rapid transit systems


HE5601-5725                                Automotive transportation

                                                               Including trucking, bus lines, and taxicab service

HE5746-5749                                Stage lines

HE5751-5870                                Ferries

HE5880-5990                                Express service

HE6000-7500                                Postal service.  Stamps.  Philately

HE7511-7549                                Pneumatic service

HE7601-8700.9                             Telecommunication industry.  Telegraph

HE8660-8688                                      Wireless telegraph.  Radiotelegraphy

HE8689-8700.95                                 Radio and television broadcasting

HE8701-9680.7                             Telephone industry

HE9713-9715                                Cellular telephone services industry.  Wireless telephone industry

HE9719-9721                                Artificial satellite telecommunications

HE9723-9737                                Signaling

HE9751-9756                                Messenger service

HE9761-9900                                Air transportation.  Airlines


Subclass HF


HF1-6182                               Commerce

HF294-343                                   Boards of trade.  Chambers of commerce.  Merchants' associations

HF1014                                        Balance of trade

HF1021-1027                                Commercial geography.  Economic geography

HF1040-1054                                Commodities.  Commercial products

HF1701-2701                                Tariff.  Free trade.  Protectionism

HF3000-4055                                By region or country

HF5001-6182                                Business

HF5381-5386                                      Vocational guidance.  Career development

HF5387-5387.5                                   Business ethics

HF5410-5417.5                                   Marketing.  Distribution of products

HF5419-5422                                      Wholesale trade

HF5428-5429.6                                   Retail trade

HF5429.7-5430.6                                Shopping centers.  Shopping malls

HF5437-5444                                      Purchasing.  Selling.  Sales personnel.  Sales executives

HF5446-5459                                      Canvassing.  Peddling

HF5460-5469.5                                   Department stores.  Mail order business. Supermarkets.  Convenience stores

HF5469.7-5481                                  Markets.  Fairs

HF5482-5482.4                                   Secondhand trade

HF5482.6-5482.65                              Black market

HF5484-5495                                      Warehouses.  Storage

HF5520-5541                                      Office equipment and supplies

HF5546-5548.6                                   Office management

HF5548.7-5548.85                              Industrial psychology

HF5549-5549.5                                   Personnel management.  Employment management

HF5601-5689                                      Accounting.  Bookkeeping


HF5691-5716                                      Business mathematics.  Commercial arithmetic Including tables, etc.

HF5717-5734.7                                   Business communication

                                                                     Including business report writing, business correspondence

HF5735-5746                                      Business records management

HF5761-5780                                      Shipment of goods.  Delivery of goods

HF5801-6182                                      Advertising


Subclass HG


HG1-9999                               Finance

HG178                                         Liquidity

HG179                                         Personal finance

HG201-1496                                 Money

HG258-312                                         Precious metals.  Bullion

HG315                                               Small coins

HG321-329                                         Mints.  Assaying

HG335-339                                         Counterfeiting

HG348-353.5                                      Paper money

HG361-363                                         Legal tender

HG381-395                                         International coinage

HG401-421                                         Bimetallism

HG451-1496                                       By region or country

HG1501-3550                               Banking

HG1621-1638                                     Interest rates.  Interest tables

HG1641-1643                                     Bank loans.  Bank credit.  Commercial loans

HG1651-1654                                     Discount

HG1655                                              Acceptances

HG1656                                              Bank reserves.  Bank liquidity.  Loan loss


HG1660                                              Bank accounts.  Bank deposits.  Deposit


HG1662                                              Insurance of deposits.  Deposit insurance

HG1685-1704                                     Drafts.  Checks

HG1706-1708                                     Accounting.  Bookkeeping

HG1709                                              Data processing

HG1710-1710.5                                  Electronic funds transfers

HG1722                                              Bank mergers

HG1723                                              Bank stocks.  Banking as an investment

HG1725-1778                                     Banks and the state.  State supervision of banks

HG1811-2351                                     Special classes of banks and financial institutions

HG2397-3550                                     By region or country

HG3691-3769                               Credit.  Debt.  Loans

                                                               Including credit institutions, credit instruments, consumer credit, bankruptcy

HG3810-4000                               Foreign exchange.  International finance. International monetary system

HG4001-4285                               Finance management.  Business finance.

                                                         Corporation finance

HG4301-4480.9                            Trust services.  Trust companies

HG4501-6051                               Investment, capital formation, speculation

HG4530                                              Investment companies.  Investment trusts. Mutual funds

HG4538                                              Foreign investments

HG4551-4598                                     Stock exchanges

HG4621                                              Stockbrokers.  Security dealers.  Investment advisers

HG4701-4751                                     Government securities.  Industrial securities. Venture capital

HG4900-5993                                     By region or country

HG6001-6051                                     Speculation

HG6105-6270.9                            Lotteries

HG8011-9999                               Insurance

HG8053.5-8054.45                              Insurance for professions.  Malpractice insurance.  Professional liability insurance

HG8059                                              Business insurance

HG8075-8107                                     Insurance business.  Insurance management

HG8111-8123                                     Government policy.  State supervision

HG8205-8220                                     Government insurance

HG8501-8745                                     By region or country

HG8751-9295                                     Life insurance

HG8779-8793                                           Actuarial science.  Statistical theory and methodology applied to insurance

HG8799-8830                                           By class insured, by risk, by plan

HG8835-8899                                           Life insurance business.  Management

HG8901-8914                                           Government policy.  State supervision

HG8941-9200.5                                        By region or country

HG9201-9245                                           Mutual life insurance.  Assessment life insurance.  Fraternal life insurance

HG9251-9262                                           Industrial life insurance

HG9271                                                    Child insurance.  Life insurance for children

HG9291-9295                                     Maternity insurance

HG9301-9343                                     Accident insurance

HG9371-9399                                     Health insurance

HG9651-9899                                     Fire insurance

HG9956-9969                                     Casualty insurance

HG9969.5-9999                                  Other insurance

                                                                     Including automobile, burglary, credit, disaster, title insurance


Business Books Part 3

Subclass HJ


HJ9-9940                               Public finance

HJ9-99.8                                      Periodicals.  Serials.  By region or country

HJ210-240                                    History

HJ241-1620                                  By region or country

HJ2005-2216                                Income and expenditure.  Budget


HJ2240-5908                                Revenue.  Taxation.  Internal revenue

HJ2321-2323                                      Tax incidence.  Tax shifting.  Tax equity

HJ2326-2327                                      Progressive taxation

HJ2336-2337                                      Tax exemption

HJ2338                                              Taxation of government property

HJ2351                                              Inflation and taxation

HJ2351.4                                           Tax revenue estimating

HJ2361-3192.7                                   By region or country     

HJ3801-3844                                      Revenue from sources other than taxation

HJ3863-3925                                      Direct taxation

HJ4113-4601                                      Property tax

HJ4629-4830                                      Income tax

HJ4919-4936                                      Capitation.  Poll tax

HJ5309-5510                                      Administrative fees.  User charges. 

License fees

HJ6603-7390                                Customs administration

HJ7461-7980                                Expenditures.  Government spending

HJ8001-8899                                Public debts

HJ8052                                              Sinking funds.  Amortization

HJ8101-8899                                      By region or country

HJ9103-9695                                Local finance.  Municipal finance

                                           Including the revenue, budget, expenditure, etc. of counties, boroughs, communes, municipalities, etc.

HJ9701-9940                                Public accounting.  Auditing


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