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Dewey decimal system


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Dewey decimal system is a frequently used system of library book classification and arrangement with ten main subject classes

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Dewey decimal system

  1. 1. Dewey Decimal System
  2. 2. What is Dewey Decimal System?
  3. 3. Dewey Decimal System  is a classification system that organizes information into ten general subject areas, which are broken into smaller and smaller topics.
  4. 4. Who invented Dewey Decimal System?
  5. 5. Melvil Dewey  invented the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system  at the age of twenty one years old while working as a student assistant in the library of Amherst College.  invented the system to make it easy to find materials in all libraries. He also founded the American Library Association.
  6. 6. The Dewey Decimal System is divided into ten categories/parts
  7. 7. The Dewey Decimal System (call numbers)  500-599  600-699  700-799  800-899  900-999 000-099 100-199 200-299 300-399 400-499
  8. 8. What is a call number? A call number is made up of the letters and numbers on the spine tag. A call number is the book’s address on the shelf. Call numbers are Dewey numbers. The call number might be all letters or some letters and some numbers
  9. 9. Fiction Books Fiction books DO have Dewey Call numbers—books by American authors all have the Dewey number 810—but there are so many, we leave that off and they are shelved with call numbers E (first three letters of the author’s name, or F (first three letters of the author’s name)
  10. 10. Fiction Fiction Books are not true Everybody book section or in the Chapter books section.
  11. 11. Non-Fiction Non-fiction Books are true Dewey section of our library. Not EVERY book in the Dewey section is non-fiction. Fairy tales are fiction.
  12. 12. 000-099 General Works 000-Computers, The unexplained (UFOs, Big Foot) 020-Internet 030-Encyclopedias & Almanacs 060-Museums 070-Newspapers
  13. 13. 100-199 Philosophy and Psychology 130-Mysterious Happenings 150-Optical Illusions 170-Understanding Ourselves
  14. 14. 200-299 Religion  220-Old Testament Bible Stories  230-New Testament Bible Stories  290-Mythology, World Religions
  15. 15. 300-399 Social Sciences  300-Social Issues  320-Government  330-Careers  340-Court System  350-Military Equipment  360-Drugs, the environment  370-Education  380-History of Transportation  390-Holidays, Folklore and Fables
  16. 16. 400-499 Language 410-Sign Language 420-Dictionaries, Grammar 490-Hieroglyphics
  17. 17. 500-599 Science and Math  510-Science Experiments  520-Math  530-Physical science (motion)  540-Chemistry  550-Weather, Earthquakes and Volcanoes  560-Dinosaurs•570-Habitats/Biomes  580-Plants and trees  590-Wild animals
  18. 18. 600-699 Science and Technology 600-Inventions 610-The Human Body•620-Space ships, trains, and car 630-Pets and farm animals 640-Cookbooks, organizing, sewing 650-Jobs and management 660-Chemical technology 670 and 680-Manufacturing 690-Building
  19. 19. 700-799 The Arts 710-Landscape art 720-Architecture 730-Origami 740-Drawing, crafts 750-Painting•760-Print making 770-Photography 780-Music 790-Sports
  20. 20. 800-899 Literature 810-Poetry, plays, jokes and riddles (American fiction goes here—the everybody books and the chapter books but we don’t put the numbers on!) 820-Shakespeare and other books by British authors (Harry Potter) 830-German literature 840-French 850-Italian 860-Spanish 870-Latin 880-Greek and Roman 890-Other languages 
  21. 21. 900-999 History and Geography 900-American History 910-Explorers 920-Flags, Biographies 930-Ancient Civilizations 940-Knights, Castles, Europe, WWI and WWII 950-Asia and the Middle East 960-Africa 970-North and Central America, State books 980-South America 990-The Pacific Islands, Australia
  22. 22. So….if you know the Dewey Decimal System you can…. Find books to help you with research Find books about things you think are fun! Find books for your hobbies And even get better grades…