TEST FOR ENGLISH MAJORS (2000)
PART I WRITING (45 MIN)
SECTION A COMPOSITION 35 MIN]
It is now generally accepted that vehicles (cars, trucks, etc.) are a major source of air pollution in cities. You are to suggest only ONE way to solve the problem.
Write on ANSWER SHEET ONE a composition of about 150 words on the following topic:
ONE WAY TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM
You are to write in three paragraphs.
In the first paragraph, state what your suggested way is.
In the second paragraph, state one or two advantages of your suggestion.
In the last paragraph, bring what you have written to a natural conclusion.
Marks will be awarded for content, organization, grammar and appropriacy. Failure to follow the instructions may result in a loss of marks.[10分]
One Way to Solve the Problem
Too many vehicles, such as cars, tracks, motorcycles, have created a lot of serious problems in our world. Besides congestion, accidents and fast fuel consumption, they are responsible for a good part of air pollution in big dries. All the time, the vehicles are pumping huge amounts of waste gases into the atmosphere. These gases are harmful, causing disease and even death.
One possible solution that may reduce air pollution created by so many vehicles is to develop modem public transportation systems and restrict the use of private cars. If the price of petrol rises constantly and the public vehicles are efficient and convenient enough, most people will not have private cars. And the total number of cars in big cities will reduce greatly. People would find more room to walk, to jog, to perform what they used to do in the open air. Moreover, dirt, noise exhaust, parked cars, and smog would decrease greatly.
There is no inherent incompatibility between man in an urban setting and the automobile. But we don't want cars to seize our living space. We take for granted that everyone could enjoy the pleasure of stretching his legs freely, breathing and sniffing the air cheerfully. On the whole, the elimination of air pollution needs the co-efforts from the government, the public and the environments.
SECTION B NOTE-WRITING 10 MIN]
Write on ANSWER SHEET ONE a note of about 50-60 words based on the following situation:
You are Mark or Sally. You have got a ticket to a computer fair, but you now find that you are unable to go. Write a note to your friend, George, explaining why you are sending the enclosed ticket to him and telling him briefly how to get there.
Marks will be awarded for content, organization, grammar and appropriacy.[7分]
May 15, 1998
I've got a ticket for the computer fair for this coming Sunday at the Municipal Exhibition Center. I wanted to go, but my sister is away on business and my brother-in-law is in hospital. I have to look after my little niece. I know you are a computer lover. So I've decided to send you this endorsed ticket. The fair will begin at 9 a.m. You may take Bus No. 32 to go there.
Listen to the following passage. Altogether the passage will be read to you four times. During the first reading, which will be read at normal speed, listen and try to understand the meaning. For the second and third readings, the passage will be read sentence by sentence, or phrase by phrase, with intervals of 15 to 20seconds. The last reading will be read at normal speed again and during this time you should check your work. You will then be given 2minutes to check through your work once more.
Please write whole passage on ANSWER SHEET TWO.[5.5分]
The Railway in Britain
The success of early railways, such as the lines between big cities, /led to a great increase in railway building in Victorian times. /Between 1835 and 1865, about 25 thousand kilometers of track were built, /and over 100 railway companies were created./
PART 1II LISTENING COMPREHENSION(20 MIN)
In Sections A, B and C you will hear everything ONCE ONLY. Listen carefully and then answer the questions that follow. Mark the correct response for each question on your answer sheet.
SECTION A STATEMENT
In this section you will hear eight statements. At the end of each statement you will be given 10 seconds to answer the question.
Now, listen to the statements.
The speaker is talking to a__[0.5分]
What is the speaker's attitude?[0.5分]
He couldn't agree any more.
He couldn't stand it any more.
How much did Mr. Dawson pay for the sweater?[0.5分]
What does "staying healthy" mean today?[0.5分]
You should often go to a doctor.
Going to a doctor regularly for helps.
Keep fit and strong all the time.
You should never go to a doctor.
Where is the speaker?[0.5分]
The speaker regretted having[0.5分]
What does the speaker think about teachers?[0.5分]
Teachers get much satisfaction from work.
Teachers get little satisfaction from work.
Few teachers are satisfied with their work.
Few teachers are satisfied with their salary.
The speaker is comparing two.__[0.5分]
SECTION B CONVERSATION
In this section, you will hear nine short conversations between two speakers. At the end of each conversation you will be given 10 seconds to answer the question.
Now, listen to the conversations.
Who is the caller?[0.5分]
The conversation takes place between __[0.5分]
a hotel clerk and a guest
What did the man do last weekend?[0.5分]
What do you guess they'll do?[0.5分]
James is going to __[0.5分]
The man advised the woman to[0.5分]
The woman is supposed to be a(n) __[0.5分]
What did the woman do this morning?[0.5分]
She had the cooker changed.
She had her cooker repaired.
She returned her new cooker.
The woman intends to[0.5分]
SECTION C NEWS BROADCAST
Question 18 is based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 10 seconds to answer the question. Now, listen to the news.
Which of the following statements is TRUE?[0.5分]
Heavy rains and storms caused rivers to overflow.
Flooding forced evacuation in seven countries.
Flooding damaged homes and cut off electricity.
Heavy rains and flooding kept banks dosed.
Question 19 is based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 10 seconds to answer the question. Now, listen to the news.
Who is going to make a visit?[0.5分]
The Iranian Foreign Minister.
The Iraqi Foreign Minister.
A senior Iranian advisor.
Question 20 and 21 are based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be givens 20 seconds to answer the two questions. Now, listen to the news.
The Senate bill aims to __ within the next seven years.[0.5分]
end the country' s huge public debts
cut government spending on health
end the large budget deficits
cut some educational programmes
Congressional leaders have to work out a compromise because[0.5分]
a similar bill has been passed
the President might oppose the plan
the Senate bill was passed by 57 to 42
the White House is facing opposition
Question 22 is based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 10 seconds to answer the question. Now, listen to the news.
Australia reacted towards the French test by __[0.5分]
recalling her ambassador to Paris
describing the test as insignificant
Questian23 is based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 10 seconds to answer the question. Now, listen to the news.
The Indian police were reported to have discovered __[0.5分]
the bodies of many victims
Questions 24 and 25 are based on the following news. At the end of the news item, you will be given 20 seconds to answer the questions. Now, listen to the news.
The 6-day negotiations between the PLO and Israel are mainly about __[0.5分]
the extension of Palestinian self-rule
the establishment of Jewish settlement
the arrangement of PLO troops
the reconstruction of Hebron
What progress has been made in their negotiations?[0.5分]
Israeli troops can stay on in the West Bank.
Israel tins released thousands of prisoners.
PLO and Israel have made a final agreement.
Agreement has been reached on the future of Hebron.
PART Ⅳ CLOZE(15 MIN)
Decide which of the choices given below would correctly complete the passage if inserted in the corresponding blanks. Mark the correct choice for each blank an your answer sheet.
The way that people spend their money, and the objects on which they spend it, are the last areas where free choice and individuality can be expressed. The choice reflects personal taste, the way people see themselves and the fantasies they (26)about their lives, the restrictions on money available (27) them, the presence of others in the family with a (28) on that money, and the influence of current convention, (29) , surroundings and locality. Shopping is an important human activity.
Yet shoppers are (30) with a confusing situation and a(n) (31) changing one.
The confusion arises from the claims (32) adverting, from inadequate information about new products, new materials, new places to shop--a confusion enhanced by rising prices and a (n) ( 33 ) choice of goods than ever before.
The search (34) the right purchase is based on ignorance of (35) own needs and ignorance of the product's (36) for those needs. When choosing any particular item, there are several lines of communication which might provide some guidance. (37) none of these is entirely satisfactory. For example, you can ask a shop assistant initially. (38) you find one, she may quite (39) not know the answers. She may be a schoolgirl with a Saturday job, or a housewife (40) part-time.
PART Ⅴ GRAMMAR & VOCABULARY(15 MIN)
There are twenty-five sentences in this section. Beneath each sentence there are four words or phrases marked A, B, C and D. Choose one word or phrase that correctly completes the sentence.
John is __ hardworking than his sister, but he failed in the exam.[0.5分]
She remembered several occasions in the past __ she had experienced a similar feeling.[0.5分]
If your car __ any attention during the first12 months, take it to an authorized dealer.[0.5分]
The indoor swimming pool seems to be a great deal more luxurious than__[0.5分]
__, he can now only watch it on TV at home.[0.5分]
Obtaining not a ticket for the match
Not obtaining a ticket for the match
Not having obtained a ticket for the match
Not obtained a ticket for the match
The children prefer camping in the mountains __ an indoor activity.[0.5分]
Language belongs to each member of the society, to the cleaner__ to the professor.[0.5分]
__ he needed money for a new car, he decided not to borrow it from the bank.[0.5分]
The Clarks haven't decided yet which hotel___________[0.5分]
His strong sense of humor was __ make everyone in the room burst out laughing.[0.5分]
__ enough time and money, the researcher would have been able to discover more in this field.[0.5分]
You __ Mark anything. It was none of his business.[0.5分]
The membership card entitled him __ certain privileges in the dub.[0.5分]
Obviously, the Chairman's remarks at the conference were __ and not planned.[0.5分]
For the success of the project, the company should __ the most of the opportunities at hand.[0.5分]
Failure to follow the club rules __ him from the volleyball team.[0.5分]
The discovery of new oil-fields in various parts of the country filled the government with __ hope.[0.5分]
At first the company refused to purchase the equipment, but __ this decision was revised.[0.5分]
The local police are authorized to __ anyone's movements as they think fit.[0.5分]
Have you ever received __ of what has happened to her?[0.5分]
Twelve is to three __ four is to one.[0.5分]
Things went well for her during her early life but in her middle age her __ seemed to change.[0.5分]
Although I spoke to her about the matter several times, she took little __ of what I said.[0.5分]
The scheme was __ when it was discovered it would be very costly.[0.5分]
Yesterday my aunt bought some new __ for her flat at the seaside.[0.5分]
PART VI READING COMPREHENSION(30 MIN)
SECTION A READING COMPREHENSION 25 MIN]
In this part there are four passages followed by questions or unfinished statements, each with four suggested answers marked A, B, C and D. Choose the one that you think is the correct answer.
People have been painting pictures for at least 30,000 years. The earliest pictures were painted by people who hunted animals. They used to paint pictures of the animals they wanted to catch and kill. Pictures of this kind have been found on the walls of caves in France and Spain. No one knows why they were painted there. Perhaps the painter thought that their pictures would help them to catch these animals. Or perhaps human beings have always wanted to tell stories in pictures.
About 5,000 years ago the Egyptians and other people in the Near East began to use pictures as a kind of writing. They drew simple pictures or signs to represent things and ideas, and also to represent the sounds of their language. The signs these people used became a kind of alphabet.
The Egyptians used to record information and to tell stories by putting picture-writing and pictures together. When an important person died, scenes and stories from his life were painted and carved on the walls of the place where he was buried. Some of these pictures are like modem comic-strip (连环漫画) stories. It has been said that Egypt is the home of the comic strip. But, for the Egyptians, pictures still had magic power. So they did not try to make their way of writing simple. The ordinary people could not understand it.
By the year 1,000 BC, people who lived in the area around the Mediterranean Sea bad developed a simpler system of writing. The signs they used were very easy to write, and there were fewer of them than in the Egyptian system. This was because each sign, or letter, represented only one sound in their language. The Greeks developed this system and formed the letter of the Greek alphabet. The Romans copied the idea, and the Roman alphabet is now used all over the world.
These days, we can write down a story, or record information, without using pictures. But we still need pictures of all kinds, drawings, photographs, signs and diagrams. We find them everywhere: in books and newspapers, in the street, and on the walls of the places where we live and work. Pictures help us to understand and remember things more easily, and they can make a story much more interesting.
Pictures of animals were painted on the walls of caves in France and Spain because[2分]
the hunters wanted to see the pictures
the painters were animal lover
the painters wanted to show imagination
the pictures were thought to be helpful
The Greek alphabet was simpler than the Egyptian system for all the following reasons EXCEPT[2分]
the former was easy to write
there were fewer signs in the former
the former was easy to pronounce
each sign stood for only one sound
Which of the following statements is TRUE?[2分]
The Egyptian signs later became a particular alphabet.
The Egyptians liked to write comic-strip stories.
The Roman alphabet was developed from the Egyptian one.
The Greeks copied their writing system from the Egyptians.
In the paragraph, the author thinks that pictures __[2分]
should be made comprehensible
should be made interesting
are of much use in our life
are disappearing from our life
Human beings have used tools for a very long time. In some parts of the world you can still find tools that people used more titan two million years ago. They made these tools by hitting one stone against another. In this way they broke off pieces from one of the stones. These chips of stone were usually sharp on one side. People used them for cutting meat and skin from dead animals and also for malting other tools out of wood. Human beings needed to use tools because they did not have sharp teeth like other meat--eating animals, such as lions and tigers. Tools helped people to get food more easily.
Working with tools also helped to develop human intelligence. The human brain grew bigger, and human beings began to invent more and more tools and machines. The stone chip was one of the flint tools that people used, and perhaps it is the most important. Some scientists say that it was the key to the success of mankind.
Since 1960 a new kind of tool tins appeared. This is the silicon chip--a little chip of silicon crystal (硅晶体). It is smaller than a finger-nail, but it can store more than a million "bits" of information. It is an electronic brain.
Every year these chips get cleverer, but their size gets smaller, and their cost gets less. They are used in watches, calculators and intelligent machines that we can use in many ways.
In the future we will not need to work with tools in the old way. Machines will do everything for us. They will even talk and play games with us. People will have plenty of spare time. But what will they do with it?
Human beings used stone chips for more than two million yearn, but human life changed very little in that time. We have used silicon chips for only a few years, but life is changing faster every day. What will life be like twenty years from now? What will the world be like two million years from now?
The stone chip is thought to be the most important tool because it__[2分]
was one of the first tools
developed human capabilities
led to the invention of machines
was crucial to the development of mankind
At the end of the passage the author seems to suggest that life in future is __[2分]
A century ago in the United States, when an individual brought suit against a company, public opinion tended to protect that company. But perhaps this phenomenon was most striking in the case of the railroads. Neatly haft of all negligence( 过失 ) cases decided through 1896 involved railroads. And the railroads usually won.
Most of the cases were derided in state courts, when the railroads had the climate of the times on their sides. Government supported the railroad industry; the progress railroads represented was not to be slowed down by requiring them often to pay damages to those unlucky enough to be hurt working for them.
Court decisions always went against railroad workers. A Mr. Farwell, an engineer, lost his right hand when a switchman's negligence ran his engine off the track. The court reasoned, that since Farwell had taken the job of an engineer voluntarily at good pay, he had accepted the risk. Therefore the accident, though avoidable had the switchmen acted carefully, was a "pure accident". In effect a railroad could never be held responsible for injury to one employee caused by the mistake of another.
In one case where a Pennsylvania Railroad worker had started a fire at a warehouse and the fire had spread several blocks, causing widespread damage, a jury found the company responsible for all the damage. But the court overturned the jury's decision because it argued that the railroad's negligence was the immediate cause of damage only to the nearest buildings. Beyond them the connection was too remote to consider.
As the century were on, public sentiment began to turn against the railroads--against their economic and political power and high fares as well as against their callousness(无情) toward individuals.
Which of the following is NOT tree in Farwell's case?[2分]
Farwell was injured because he negligently ran his engine off the track.
Farwell would not have been injured ff the switchman had been more careful.
The court argued that the victim had accepted the risk since he had willingly taken his job.
The court decided that the railroad should not be held responsible.
What must have happened after the fire case was settled in court?[2分]
The railroad compensated for the damage to the immediate buildings.
The railroad compensated for all the damage by the fire.
The railroad paid nothing for the damaged building.
The railroad worker paid for the property damage himself.
The following aroused public resentment EXCEPT[2分]
What does the passage mainly discuss?[2分]
Railroad oppressing individuals in the US.
History of the US railroads.
Railroad workers' working rights.
Law cases concerning the railroads.
Hawaii's native minority is demanding a greater degree of sovereignty over its own affairs. But much of the archipelago's political establishment, which includes the White Americans who dominated until the second world war and people of Japanese, Chinese mint Filipino origin, is opposed to the idea.
The islands were annexed by the US in 1898 and since then Hawaii's native people have fared worse than any of its other ethnic groups. They make up over 60 percent of the state's homeless, suffer higher levels of unemployment and their life span is five years less than the average Hawaiians. They are the only major US native group without some degree of autonomy.
But a sovereignty advisory committee set up by Hawaii's first native governor, John Waihee, has given the natives' cause a major boost by recommending that the Hawaiian natives decide by themselves whether to re-establish a sovereign Hawaiian nation.
However, the Hawaiian natives are not united in their demands. Some just want greater autonomy within the state--as enjoyed by many American Indian natives over matters such as education. This is a position supported by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), a state agency set up in 1978 to represent the natives' interests and which has now become the moderate face of the native sovereignty movement. More ambitious is the Ka Lahui group, which declared itself a new nation in 1987 and wants full, official independence from the US.
But if Hawaiian natives are given greater autonomy, it is far from dear how many people this will apply to. The state authorities only count as native those people with more than 50 percent Hawaiian blood.
Native demands are not just based on political grievances, though. They also want their claim on 660,000 hectares of Hawaiian crown land to be accepted. It is on this issue that native groups are facing most opposition from the state authorities. In 1993, the state government paid the OHA US $136 million in back rent on the crown land and many officials say that by accepting this payment the agency has given up its claims to legally own the land. The OHA has vigorously disputed this.
Hawaii's native minority refers to[2分]
people of Filipino origin
people with 50% Hawaiian blood
Which of the following statements is tree of the Hawaiian natives?[2分]
Sixty percent of them are homeless or unemployed.
Their life span is 5 years shorter than average Americans.
Their life is worse than that of other ethnic groups in Hawaii.
They are the only native group without sovereignty.
Which of the following is NOT true of John Waihee?[2分]
He is Hawaii's flint native govenor.
He has set up a sovereignty advisory committee.
He suggested the native people decide for themselves.
He is leading the local independence movement.
Which of the following groups holds a less radical attitude on the matter of sovereignty?.[2分]
Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
Various native Hawaiians demand all the following EXCEPT[2分]
a greater autonomy within the state
more back rent on the crown land
a claim on the Hawaiian crown land
full independence from the US
SECTION B SKIMMING & SCANNING
In this section there are six passages with a total of ten multiple choice questions. Skim or scan them as required and then mark your answers on your answer sheet.
First read the following question.
Outdoor advertising provides the advertiser with the largest colorful display of his product, package, trade mark, and slogan. It embraces the most spectacular use of light and animation in order to attract a passer-by and deliver a message. It provides visual continuity to a campaign that may also be appearing in other media.
Outdoor advertising has a high degree of geographic flexibility. An advertiser can use it nationally, by region, by markets, and even by specific locations within those markets.
Outdoor advertising can be memorable. During an interview eight people out of ten revealed that they remembered specific outdoor posters.
A problem in using outdoor advertising is that of getting reliable data on the number of people who actually see an advertising. It may also take time to negotiate for the space for a specific outdoor advertising location, to print the posters, or to paint the board.
The passage is mainly about __ of outdoor advertising.[1.5分]
Now, read TEXT E quickly and mark your answer an your answer sheet.
First read the following question.
The passage focuses on Oxford's[1.5分]
Now, read TEXT F quickly and mark your answer on your answer sheet.
For centuries Oxford has been at Britain's intellectual heart, perhaps the most prestigious among Europe's many ancient universities. Oxford has attracted students and scholars from all over the world who have gone on to achieve the highest positions in their countries. Alumni includes numerous famous scientists, literary figures, and overseas politicians.
As a place of learning Oxford's beginnings go back to the Middle Ages. Legend has it that Alfred laid its foundations at the end of the ninth century. Certainly by the 12th century scholars were teaching in the town and their fame had spread to the Continent, particularly to the Sorbonnes in Paris, then Europe's greatest center of learning. A group of English scholars left the French capital in 1167 to settle in Oxford and the place became a magnet for students and teachers from all over Britain. Today Oxford is a large, busy city, but the ancient university buildings in the center have remained largely untouched by the urban expansion.
While most old universities have modernized radically to accommodate their growing populations, Oxford has managed to expand while still preserving its traditional structure. The 36 existing colleges are independent, self-governing institutions operating under the umbrella of the University of Oxford.
First read the following question.
The figures in the second paragraph are used for the following purposes EXCEPT[1.5分]
Now, read TEXT G quickly and mark your answer on your answer sheet.
The industrial societies have been extremely productive during the last two centuries. The economic advance has been remarkable. During this relatively short period of time, greater changes in people's living conditions have occurred than in the thousands of years which preceded.
During the past 200 years the world population has increased 6 times, the annual world output has increased 80 times, and the distance a person can travel has gone up 1,000 times. There has also been much recent progress in art, culture, learning and science. Such changes have led to a high rate of production and growth of the economy.
Economists fear that within the next 100 to 150 yearn, the earth's resources will become very scarce. Their feats are partly justified, but we should not be afraid. Industrial civilization adapts to new knowledge. By advancing knowledge, we do not only create new forms of resources, but we also find ways to economize their use. Advanced modem knowledge can feed the hungry people of the world and improve their standard of living.
First read the following questions.
The purpose of this pamphlet is to provide information on[1.5分]
how to open a bank account
how to apply for a course
who can go to universities
who is eligible for a grant
Who can get the grant?[1.5分]
A foreign student who has been there for 11 months.
A British pupil in a secondary school.
A British student who studies in the university.
A university graduate who wants to continue his studies.
A 31-year-old nurse wishes to study medicine at a university. She has worked since she was 25. How much extra money will she get a year?.[1.5分]
Now, read TEXT H quickly and mark your answers on your answer sheet.
GETTING A GRANT
Who can get this money? Anyone who gets a place on a first degree course, although a student who has already attended a course of advanced further education may not. Students must also have been resident in the UK for at least three years, which can exclude some students from overseas.
If a student has worked before college: A student who is 26 or more before the course starts and who has worked for at least three of the previous six years will get extra money---155 pounds a year if 26, increasing to a maximum of 615 pounds at 29 or more.
Banking: Most of the big banks offer special services to students who open accounts. A student won't usually have to pay bank charges as long as the account stays in credit.
First read the following questions.
Whose works will be on show on Jan. 6th at China National Art Museum?[1.5分]
If you want to see some European paintings, you can go to China National Art Museum on __.[1.5分]
Now, read TEXT I quickly and mark your answers on your answer sheet.
WHAT IS ON
Oil Paintings Oil painter Zhang Yongxu's one-man show will run January 3 to 19 at the Central Academy of Fine Arts.
Zhang, 33, graduated from the Oil Painting Department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1989. In the upcoming exhibition, viewers will see a personal experience of human life, and a combination of Eastern and Western art.
Time: January 3 to 19
Address: Gallery of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, 5 Jiaowei Hutong, Wangftljing, Dongcheng District
Art from Nanjing A group of young artists from Nanjing present a grand exhibition in China National Art Museum from Jan. 5 to 11.
The artists are from Nanjing Calligraphy and Painting Institute.
Inspired by the renowned artists in former generations such as Gu Kaizhi in the Jin Dynasty and the contemporary master Fu Baoshi, the artists have strenuously pursued new ways of producing quality traditional Chinese paintings.
Time: Jan. 5 to 11
Location: China National Art Museum
Western Art Show The China National Art Museum is displaying 117 pieces of European modem art donated by Peter Ludwig and his wife, Irene Ludwig. Many of them were done by world-famous artists, including four by Pablo Picasso.
Peter Ludwig was a celebrated entrepreneur and popular social activist in Germany as well as a world-famous collector with thousands of invaluable art works.
Time: from Jan. 6 to Jan. 20
Address: China National Art Museum, 1 Wusi Dajie, Dongcheng District
First read the following questions.
If you want to look up a word in a dictionary, which floor would you go to?[1.5分]
What is the color code of the shelves where normal size novels are placed?[1.5分]
Now, read TEXT J quickly and mark your answers on your answer sheet.
The Main Library has five floors open to the public.
FOURTH FLOOR: Social Sciences & History
300-399, 650-659, 900-999. Law books are shelved in a separate area--follow signs for the Law Library.
THIRD FLOOR: Humanities
100-199, 200-299, 400-499, 700-709 800-899.
SECOND FLOOR: Science and Technology
500-599, 600-649 660-699
FIRST FLOOR: Current (unbound)Periodicals
An information point is inside the Periodicals Office.
GROUND FLOOR: Reference
General reference books and bibliographies.
The Reference Librarians on each floor are available to answer queries during office hours. At other times you can ask at the Issue Desk, on the Ground Floor.
Books are shelved according to size.
Normal size large size
The shelves are color coded to help you identify them:
RED Large books
WHITE Normal size books
YELLOW Large periodicals
BLUE Normal size periodicals
Books returned the previous day may be on the Recent Return shelves, next to the Reference Librarians' desks.