10.5 SHELVING RULES FOR FICTION

  • Basic rule of thumb: “Nothing comes before something.” If you have a name like “Bird”, it will come before “Birdwell”. “Newsweek” follows “New Republic”.


  • Fiction is shelved in strict alphabetical order by author’s last name, then first name. Ignore A, The, & An when these begin a title.


  • Titles beginning with a number are shelved as if the number were spelled out. “The 10 Commandments” would be shelved as “The Ten Commandments”.

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