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# Searching for Books - Dewey Decimal System

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### Searching for Books - Dewey Decimal System

1. 1. <ul><li>A simple guide </li></ul><ul><li>to using the </li></ul><ul><li>Dewey Decimal </li></ul><ul><li>System </li></ul>Searching for Books Cathy Oxley Library Services Coordinator, Redlands College, Qld
2. 2. <ul><li>In 1847 an American librarian named Melville Dewey made up a way of classifying books called the ‘Dewey Decimal Classification System’ </li></ul><ul><li>This system is now used in most libraries all over the world. </li></ul><ul><li>It uses 10 categories of numbers, with decimal places to group similar things together </li></ul>Melville Dewey
3. 4. Dewey Decimal System Puts similar things together
4. 5. Dewey Decimal System 591.77 595.7 Insects Sea creatures
5. 6. <ul><li>General Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Encyclopedias </li></ul><ul><li>Books about libraries & museums </li></ul><ul><li>Journalism </li></ul><ul><li>Computers </li></ul><ul><li>Controversial or unexplained topics </li></ul>Dewey System - 000 s
6. 7. <ul><li>Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Philosophy </li></ul><ul><li>Thinking about ourselves </li></ul><ul><li>Who am I? </li></ul><ul><li>Why am I here? </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Image from: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.trcc.commnet.edu/Prog_Study/Soc_Sciences/Psych/faculty.htm </li></ul>Dewey System - 100 s
7. 8. <ul><li>Beliefs </li></ul><ul><li>Religions </li></ul><ul><li>Mythologies </li></ul><ul><li>Where did we come from? </li></ul><ul><li>Who created us? </li></ul><ul><li>Images from: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.womenonwaves.org/article-1020.385-en.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.warangers.asn.au/history.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.thaliatook.com/pix/zeus.jpg </li></ul>Dewey System - 200 s
8. 9. <ul><li>Communities - Learning to get along together </li></ul><ul><li>Trade </li></ul><ul><li>Commerce </li></ul><ul><li>Politics </li></ul><ul><li>Government </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Law </li></ul><ul><li>Transport </li></ul><ul><li>Welfare </li></ul><ul><li>Folk lore and fairy tales </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.acmeanimation.com/ http://jeannero.free.fr/dessins-animes-2 </li></ul>Dewey System - 300 s
9. 10. <ul><li>Languages </li></ul><ul><li>How do we communicate with each other? </li></ul><ul><li>Images from: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.firstworldwar.com/posters/canada4.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.reuels.com/reuels/media/do4/do41720-4.jpg </li></ul>Dewey System - 400 s www.macalester.edu/ ~art/f2001/big/Arabic.jpg
10. 11. <ul><li>Natural Science </li></ul><ul><li>Maths </li></ul><ul><li>Nature and the world around us </li></ul><ul><li>The universe </li></ul><ul><li>The earth </li></ul><ul><li>Animals </li></ul><ul><li>Birds </li></ul><ul><li>Reptiles </li></ul><ul><li>Fish </li></ul>Dewey System - 500 s
11. 12. <ul><li>Applied Science </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>How we have changed the natural world to make it more useful </li></ul><ul><li>Anything that people invent, engineer, grow, manufacture, process and build </li></ul>Dewey System - 600 s
12. 13. <ul><li>Sport </li></ul><ul><li>Recreation </li></ul><ul><li>How people use their leisure time </li></ul><ul><li>Art </li></ul><ul><li>Craft </li></ul><ul><li>Dance </li></ul><ul><li>Music </li></ul>Dewey System - 700 s
13. 14. <ul><li>Literature </li></ul><ul><li>The stories, poems and plays people write in their leisure time </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.nwt.literacy.ca/famlit/howtokit/writcont/p1.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://library.thinkquest.org/J001156/formwriting.GIF </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.phillumeny.com/html/beginners_guide.html </li></ul>Dewey System - 800 s
14. 15. <ul><li>Geography </li></ul><ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>Biographies </li></ul><ul><li>The rest of the world </li></ul><ul><li>How they live now </li></ul><ul><li>How they lived long ago </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piracy </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youthlinks.org/index.do </li></ul>Dewey System - 900 s
15. 16. <ul><li>500 - Natural Sciences </li></ul><ul><li>590 - Zoological science (animals) </li></ul><ul><li>595 - Other Invertebrates (animals without backbones) </li></ul><ul><li>595.7 - Insects </li></ul><ul><li>595.78 - Lepidoptera (creatures with 4 wings & scales) </li></ul><ul><li>595.789 - Butterflies </li></ul>How do the numbers work?
16. 17. <ul><li>Location code (specific to our Library) </li></ul><ul><li>Dewey Decimal number </li></ul><ul><li>First 3 letters of the author’s last name </li></ul>Book Labels / Call Numbers P 595.789 TER
17. 18. <ul><li>BPL - Bag Primary Large </li></ul><ul><li>CH - Chart </li></ul><ul><li>P - Primary </li></ul><ul><li>PAR - Primary Accelerated Reader </li></ul><ul><li>PB - Picture Book </li></ul><ul><li>PM6 - Primary Multiple </li></ul><ul><li>R - Reference </li></ul><ul><li>S - Secondary </li></ul><ul><li>SRB - Secondary RIB-IT </li></ul>Location Codes