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LOCATING A BOOK. Using the Dewey Decimal System. What is a call number?. Every book in the library is given a unique call number to serve as an address for locating the book on the shelf. . The Dewey system has ten main classes. 000 Generalities  100 Philosophy and Psychology

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locating a book

LOCATING A BOOK

Using the

Dewey Decimal

System

Eva Galloway, White Hills Elementary School Librarian

what is a call number

What is a call number?

Every book in the library is given a unique call number to serve as an address for locating the book on the shelf.

Eva Galloway, White Hills Elementary School Librarian

the dewey system has ten main classes
The Dewey system has ten main classes
  • 000 Generalities 
  • 100 Philosophy and Psychology
  • 200 Religion
  • 300 Social Science
  • 400 Language
  • 500 Natural Science and Mathematics
  • 600 Technology (Applied Sciences)
  • 700 Arts
  • 800 Literature
  • 900 Geography and History

Eva Galloway, White Hills Elementary School Librarian

let s see if we can catch a butterfly book
Let's see if we can catch a butterfly book.

Eva Galloway, White Hills Elementary School Librarian

to find the classification number for butterflies
To find the classification numberfor butterflies
  • we need to start with the class for Natural Sciencethe 500's
  • This means that the first number of the call number will be a 5.

Eva Galloway, White Hills Elementary School Librarian

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500 Natural Science and Mathematics
  • 000 Generalities 
  • 100 Philosophy and Psychology
  • 200 Religion
  • 300 Social Science
  • 400 Language
  • 500 Natural Science and Mathematics
  • 600 Technology (Applied Sciences)
  • 700 Arts
  • 800 Literature
  • 900 Geography and History

Eva Galloway, White Hills Elementary School Librarian

let s look at the ten divisions of this 500 class
Let's look at the ten divisions of this 500 class.
  • 510 Mathematics
  • 520 Astronomy (planets and stars)
  • 530 Physics (matter & energy)
  • 540 Chemistry
  • 550 Earth Sciences (the planet Earth)
  • 560 Paleontology (dinosaurs)
  • 570 Life Sciences (plants & animals)
  • 580 Botanical Sciences (specifically plants)
  • 590 Zoological Sciences (specifically animals)

Eva Galloway, White Hills Elementary School Librarian

butterflies will be classified under the zoological sciences 590
Butterflies will be classified under the Zoological Sciences590
  • Now we know that the second number of the call number will be a 9

Eva Galloway, White Hills Elementary School Librarian

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510 Mathematics

  • 520 Astronomy (planets and stars)
  • 530 Physics (matter & energy)
  • 540 Chemistry
  • 550 Earth Sciences (the planet Earth)
  • 560 Paleontology (dinosaurs)
  • 570 Life Sciences (plants & animals)
  • 580 Botanical Sciences (specifically plants)
  • 590 Zoological Sciences(specifically animals)

Eva Galloway, White Hills Elementary School Librarian

let s see the divisions of the 590 s to find the next number
Let's see the divisions of the 590's to find the next number.

Eva Galloway, White Hills Elementary School Librarian

the zoological sciences the 590 s are also divided into ten divisions
The Zoological Sciences, the 590's, are also divided into ten divisions.
  • 591 Zoology
  • 592 Invertebrates (animals with no backbones)
  • 593 Protozoa (single-celled organisms)
  • 594 Mollusa (includes clams, slugs, octopus)
  • 595 Other Invertebrates (worms and insects)
  • 596 Vertebrates (animals with backbones)
  • 597 Fishes
  • 598 Reptiles and Birds 
  • 599 Mammals

Eva Galloway, White Hills Elementary School Librarian

insects including butterflies would be under 595
Insects, including butterflies would be under 595.
  • 591 Zoology
  • 592 Invertebrates (animals with no backbones)
  • 593 Protozoa (single-celled organisms)
  • 594 Mollusa (includes clams, slugs, octopus)
  • 595 Other Invertebrates (worms and insects)
  • 596 Vertebrates (animals with backbones)
  • 597 Fishes
  • 598 Reptiles and Birds 
  • 599 Mammals
  • 595 Other Invertebrates(worms and insects)

Eva Galloway, White Hills Elementary School Librarian

now we have the first three numbers of the call number 595
Now we have the first three numbers of the call number 595
  • The 595's are further divided by the use of decimals to specify what type of insects.

Eva Galloway, White Hills Elementary School Librarian

where will we find the butterfly book
Where will we find the butterfly book?

500 --Natural Science

590 --Zoological Sciences

595 --Other invertebrates

595.7 --Insects

  • 595.78 --Lepidoptera
    • (butterflies & moths)

595.789 --Butterflies

595.789 --Butterflies

Eva Galloway, White Hills Elementary School Librarian

remember the more numbers the more specific
REMEMBER: The more numbers, the more specific.

Note: When searching in a decimal system, search digit by digit

--not by whole number.

Adapted from University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.

http://www.ucd.ie/access/dss_currentstudents_library_findabook_dewey.htm

Eva Galloway, White Hills Elementary School Librarian