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Dewey Decimal Classification. Faculty In-service. Dear Teachers:. Today, we will be reviewing the Dewey Decimal Classification system as you likely learned in your own schooling.

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dear teachers
Dear Teachers:
  • Today, we will be reviewing the Dewey Decimal Classification system as you likely learned in your own schooling.
  • We will then take the classification system to the next level by discussing how to classify websites for easy access on our new teacher webpage.
  • This PowerPoint will be placed on the intranet server for your reference at a later date.
  • You will also be able to use the information here to help your students better use the library for their work in your class.
dewey basics
Dewey Basics
  • Dewey proposed that all knowledge could be summarized into 10 main classes.
  • His system, developed in 1876, is still used by most K-12 school and public libraries.
  • As our knowledge has expanded, the classification scheme has evolved, but all materials still have a place in the system.
why classify
Why classify?
  • Breaking down resources into categories makes it easier to locate an item.
  • Categories are subject driven, making it more likely that the material meets the user’s specific needs.
  • An objective, universal system means that users do not have to figure out how each collection is arranged.
call numbers
Call Numbers
  • These are essentially the book’s “address,” an identifying mark to know where the book belongs.
  • They are found on a “spine label” at the bottom of the outside edge of the book.
  • In our media center, the spine label gives the call number, a colored dot to indicate its location in the media center, and an Accelerated Reader label, if applicable.

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the main classes
The Main Classes

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000 computer science information and general works
000:Computer science, information, and general works


  • Library and information sciences
  • Encyclopedias
  • Associations, organizations, museums
  • Quotations
100 philosophy and psychology
100:Philosophy and psychology


  • Metaphysics
  • Parapsychology and occultism
  • Logic
  • Ethics

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200 religion


  • The Bible
  • Christian theology
  • Christian practices
  • Other religions
300 social sciences
300:Social sciences


  • Statistics
  • Political science
  • Economics
  • Law
  • Social problems
  • Education
  • Customs, etiquette, and folklore

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400 language


  • Linguistics
  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • Greek
  • Others
500 science


  • Mathematics
  • Earth sciences
  • Physical sciences
  • Life sciences
  • Botany
  • Zoology
  • Fossils

by Seymour Simon

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600 technology


  • Medicine and health
  • Engineering
  • Agriculture and animal husbandry
  • Manufacturing
  • Building and construction

Want to know if this fits your curriculum? Reviews:

700 arts and recreation
700:Arts and recreation


  • Landscaping
  • Architecture
  • Sculpture, drawing, and painting
  • Music
  • Sports and games
  • Entertainment
800 literature


  • Rhetoric and criticism
  • Poetry
  • Drama
  • Fiction
  • Speeches
  • Letters
900 history and geography
900:History and geography


  • Travel
  • Biography
  • Genealogy
  • History divided by geographic location

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post test practice
Post-test practice

As one of our main purposes is to gather and class websites for teachers to use, try to determine to which class the following sites would belong.

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