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Foundation: Guided Research

Compiles resources that pertain to subjects covered in MICA's Foundation program

Library of Congress Call Numbers

A - General Works (e.g. Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, or Museum Studies)

AM - Museums; Collectors and Collecting

B - Philosophy, Psychology, Religion

C - History, Archaeology, Genealogy, General Biography,Heraldry

D - World History

E - F - History of America and Canada

G - Geography, Anthropology, Environment, Dancing, Sports, Games

H - Social Sciences, Sociology, Economics, Business (Logos)

HQ - Sexuality, Gender Studies, Women

J - Political Science

K - Law

L - Education

M - Music, Books on Music and Musicians

N - Fine Arts, Visual Arts

NA - Architecture

NB - Sculpture

NC - Drawing, Design, Illustration

ND - Painting

NE - Print Media

NK - Decorative Arts

NX - Arts in General

P - Language, Literature, Theater, Movies, Television

PN - Cinema, Comics, Graphic Novels

PZ - Children’s Books

Q - Science, Natural Sciences, Math, Astronomy, Life Sciences, Biology, Human Anatomy

R - Medicine

S - Agriculture, Landscape, Gardens

T - Technology, Photography, Film, Cookbooks

TR - Photography

TT - Handicrafts, Arts and Crafts

TX - Cooking and Cookbooks

U - Military Science

V - Naval Science

Z - Bibliography (includes Typography), Writing, Paleography

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