Dewey Decimal Classification System

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Brief history of Melvil Dewey and descriptions of the Dewey categories.

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Dewey Decimal Classification System

  1. 1. Dewey Decimal Classification System Developed by Karen Ward Library Media Specialist Eichold-Mertz Elementary School
  2. 2. Who created the Dewey Decimal Classification System ? <ul><li>Melvil Dewey was born on December 10, 1851 </li></ul><ul><li>Melvil Dewey created the number order system for library books when he was 21 years old. </li></ul><ul><li>Melvil Dewey started the first school for librarians. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Ten Main Classifications in Dewey’s System <ul><li>The world’s knowledge is divided into 10 categories or groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Each group has a main title and is represented by three numbers. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Big Ten! <ul><li>Generalities – 000 </li></ul><ul><li>Philosophy – 100 </li></ul><ul><li>Religion – 200 </li></ul><ul><li>Social Science – 300 </li></ul><ul><li>Language – 400 </li></ul><ul><li>Science & Math – 500 </li></ul><ul><li>Technology – 600 </li></ul><ul><li>The Arts – 700 </li></ul><ul><li>Literature – 800 </li></ul><ul><li>Geography & History - 900 </li></ul>Brings order to the massive amount of world knowledge
  5. 5. You Can Judge A Book by Its Cover! <ul><li>The Dewey Decimal Classification call number can be found on the spine label. </li></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>When the book is shelved, the Dewey Decimal Classification call number can be easily seen. </li></ul>500 Lee 200Bya 000 Mea
  6. 6. Generalities - 000 <ul><li>Encyclopedias </li></ul><ul><li>News media </li></ul><ul><li>Rare Books </li></ul>Encyclopedias, References
  7. 7. Philosophy - 100 <ul><li>Paranormal phenomena </li></ul><ul><li>Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Logic </li></ul>Man thinks
  8. 8. Religion - 200 <ul><li>Bible </li></ul><ul><li>History of Christianity </li></ul><ul><li>Other Religions, Myths </li></ul>About God
  9. 9. Social Science - 300 <ul><li>Law </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Folklore </li></ul>About man’s neighbors
  10. 10. Language - 400 <ul><li>English </li></ul><ul><li>Spanish </li></ul><ul><li>Other Languages </li></ul>Man talks with other men
  11. 11. Natural Science & Math - 500 <ul><li>Mathematics </li></ul><ul><li>Earth sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Plants </li></ul><ul><li>Animals </li></ul>Man discovers all that is around him
  12. 12. Technology – 600 <ul><li>Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>Family living </li></ul>Man makes useful things
  13. 13. The Arts - 700 <ul><li>Drawing </li></ul><ul><li>Music </li></ul><ul><li>Recreational & performing arts </li></ul>Man makes beautiful things
  14. 14. Literature - 800 <ul><li>American Literature </li></ul><ul><li>Old English Literature </li></ul><ul><li>Literatures of Other Languages </li></ul>Man writes
  15. 15. Geography & History - 900 <ul><li>Geography </li></ul><ul><li>Biographies </li></ul><ul><li>Ancient History </li></ul>Man writes about travel, people, and events
  16. 16. Flashback! What Do You Remember? <ul><li>Who created the Dewey Decimal Classification System? </li></ul><ul><li>What does the DDCS do for our library? </li></ul><ul><li>How many main classifications are there? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do you find the DDCS number on a library book? </li></ul>
  17. 17. Resources Used… <ul><li>All clipart taken from the Microsoft Clipart web site: </li></ul><ul><li>Information on the Dewey Decimal Classification taken from: </li></ul><ul><li>Weisburg, H. & Toor, R. Teacher’s Portfolio of Library Skills Lessons & Activities (1985). The Center for Applied Research in Education, Inc. </li></ul>http://office.microsoft.com/clipart/default.aspx?lc=en-us&cag=1

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