What is a nonfiction book? Nonfiction books contain information about different subjects -- people, places, or things. They describe true facts about the topic being written about. All Nonfiction books are factual.
All nonfiction books in our media center are found together in the same area of the library. These books are arranged numerically (by number) according to their subject matter.
Like the fiction books, nonfiction books also have an “address” on their spine that tells you where to find them in the library. It is easy to tell the difference between a fiction and nonfiction book because the fiction book is marked with letters and the nonfiction book is marked with letters and numbers.
Example : The Book of Seashells by Allen Sh ore has a call number 597 Sh (Section of the library or Class Number ) (Author’s last name Sh ore ) Call Number
Ordering Nonfiction Call Numbers on the shelves: Remember that when the numbers are all different, you do not have to look at the letters. If any of the numbers are the same, you need to look at , and alphabetize the letters. 564 Th 432 Ki 384 Ru 152 Ei 974 Om
The number system used for organizing nonfiction books is called the Dewey Decimal System . It was invented by a young student library assistant in 1876 named Melville Dewey. He divided all human knowledge into 10 broad subject areas. The subject of a book will determine its number.