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  1. 1. A GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM Mariesha Thompson mariesha.thompson@eagles.usm. edu
  2. 2. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CLASSIFICATION The Library of Congress Classification (LCC) is a classification system that was first developed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to organize and arrange the book collections of the Library of Congress. The system divides all knowledge into twenty-one basic classes, each identified by a single letter of the alphabet. Most of these alphabetical classes are further divided into more specific subclasses, identified by two-letter, or occasionally three-letter, combinations (www.loc.gov).
  3. 3. EXAMPLES Class N, Art, has subclasses NA, Architecture; NB, Sculpture, ND, Painting; as well as several other subclasses (www.loc.gov).
  4. 4. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CLASSIFICATION
  5. 5. CLASS A- GENERAL WORKS Subclass AC Collections. Series. Collected works Subclass AE Encyclopedias Subclass AG Dictionaries and other general reference works Subclass AI Indexes Subclass AM Museums. Collectors and collecting Subclass AN Newspapers Subclass AP Periodicals Subclass AS Academies and learned societies Subclass AY Yearbooks. Almanacs. Directories Subclass AZ History of scholarship and learning. The humanties
  6. 6. CLASS B-PHILOSOPHY, PSYCHOLOGY, RELIGION Subclass B Philosophy (General) Subclass BC Logic Subclass BD Speculative philosophy Subclass BF Psychology Subclass BH Aesthetics Subclass BJ Ethics Subclass BL Religions. Mythology. Rationalism Subclass BM Judaism Subclass BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc. Subclass BQ Buddhism Subclass BR Christianity Subclass BS The Bible Subclass BT Doctrinal Theology Subclass BV Practical Theology Subclass BX Christian Denominations
  7. 7. CLASS C-AUXILIARY SCIENCES OF HISTORY Subclass C Auxiliary Sciences of History (General) Subclass CB History of Civilization Subclass CC Archaeology Subclass CD Diplomatics. Archives. Seals Subclass CE Technical Chronology. Calendar Subclass CJ Numismatics Subclass CN Inscriptions. Epigraphy Subclass CR Heraldry Subclass CS Genealogy Subclass CT Biography
  8. 8. WHAT CAN WE FIND UNDER THE SUBCLASSES? Under each subclass, there are headings that tell patrons what kind of books would be found in that particular area. The following slides will be examples of what can be found under some of the subclasses.
  9. 9. CLASS D - WORLD HISTORY AND HISTORY OF EUROPE, ASIA, AFRICA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, ETC. Subclass D-History (General)  D1-2027 History (General)  D1-24.5 General  D25-27 Military and naval history  D31-34 Political and diplomatic history  D51-90 Ancient history  D101-110.5 Medieval and modern history, 476  D111-203 Medieval history  D135-149 Migrations  D151-173 Crusades
  10. 10. WHAT ARE THE NUMBERS BESIDE THE LETTERS? Those numbers combined with the letters help develop what are known as call numbers. The following chart will explain exactly what a call number is.
  11. 11. CALL NUMBERS
  12. 12. ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS?
  13. 13. REFERENCES Library of Congress Classification Outline-http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/lcco/
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