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Organization of Materials. Roberts-LaForge Library and the Instructional Resources Center. Four Classifications. Library of Congress Classification (general books and reference) Dewey Decimal Classification (IRC) Superintendent of Documents Classification (Federal Government Documents)

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organization of materials

Organization of Materials

Roberts-LaForge Library and the Instructional Resources Center

four classifications
Four Classifications
  • Library of Congress Classification (general books and reference)
  • Dewey Decimal Classification (IRC)
  • Superintendent of Documents Classification (Federal Government Documents)
  • Mississippi Government Documents Classification
library of congress classification

Library of Congress Classification

General and Reference Books

characteristics of library of congress classification
Characteristics of Library of Congress Classification
  • Resources have alphabetical call numbers
  • Resources are arranged by subject
    • (for example, a book with a call number beginning with the letters “AY” would be in the “Yearbooks, Almanacs, and Directories” section)
example of a lc call number

Example of a LC Call Number

Occupational Outlook Handbook

HF 5381 .A1 O36 Ref 2002-03

dewey decimal classification

Dewey Decimal Classification

Resources in the IRC

characteristics of dewey decimal classification
Characteristics of Dewey Decimal Classification
  • Resources have numerical call numbers
  • Resources are arranged by subject
    • (for example, resources pertaining to general physics have call numbers beginning with the numbers “530.”)
the 10 main classes of ddc
000 Computers, Information and General

100 Philosophy & Psychology

200 Religion

300 Social Sciences

400 Language

500 Science

600 Technology

700 Arts & Recreation

800 Literature

900 History & Geography

The 10 Main Classes of DDC
subclasses of class 500 science
500 Science

510 Mathematics

520 Astronomy

530 Physics

540 Chemistry

550 Earth Sciences & Geology

560 Fossils & Prehistoric Life

570 Biology & Life Sciences

580 Plants (Botany)

590 Animals (Zoology)

Subclasses of Class 500: Science
some sub subclasses of subclass 530 physics
Some Sub-subclasses of Subclass 530: Physics
  • 530 General works on physics
  • 531 Classical mechanics
  • 532 Fluid mechanics
  • 533 Gas mechanics
example of a ddc call number

Example of a DDC Call Number

Holt Physics (textbook)

530 H758hS 2002 gr. 9-12 TEXTRS

characteristics of sudocs classification
Characteristics of SuDocs Classification
  • Federal documents have alphabetical call numbers.
  • Federal documents are arranged by issuing government agency, not subject.
  • SuDocs classification is used for federal documents only. State documents have their own classification.
sudocs classification examples
Call # Begins With








Issuing Agency

Agriculture Dept.

Commerce Dept.

Civil Rights Comm.

Fed. Trade Comm.

General Accounting

Interior Dept.

President of the U.S.

SuDocs Classification Examples
example of a sudoc call number

Example of a SuDoc Call Number

An Overview of OJP Bureaus, Offices, and COPS Information Technology Initiatives (U.S. Dept. of Justice)

J 26.2:IN 3/2

characteristics of mississippi government documents classification
Characteristics of Mississippi Government Documents Classification
  • Call numbers begin with a number.
  • State documents are arranged by the government agency which issued them, not by subject.
examples of ms gov docs classification
Call # Begins With






Issuing Agency

Aeronautics Commission

Attorney General

Delta State Univ.

Forestry Commission

Secretary of State

Examples of Ms. Gov. Docs. Classification
example of a mississippi government document call number

Example of a Mississippi Government Document Call Number

MAFES Research Highlights

(Published by the Ms. Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station)

422.2:RH 67/4