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Dewey Decimal System of

Library Classification

OR

How To Find a Book in the Library

By Christy Lightholder

MEDT 6463

What if……?

you had only 5 minutes to go into

your library and find a book on

spiders?

First…

you must search through 10,000 –

20,000 books.

Could you do it in just 5

minutes?

Sure you could!

With a little help from Dewey…..

but you are thinking --

“Who is this strange man and how

can he help me find a book on

spiders?”

Objectives:
• Who was Melvil Dewey?
• What do these terms mean?

The 3 C’s: Class, Call number and Catalog

• What are the 10 subject areas of classification?
Melvil Dewey
• Was born in 1851.
• Was a librarian who loved math.
• Developed the classification system used today in the library.
• Grouped books together, so you can browse by subject.
The Three C’s

Class

Dewey made ten main classes or subject areas. Books are grouped on shelves together by their subject for easy browsing.

The Three C’s

Call number

Books have a number on their spine that is similar to other books in their class so that you can easily find them. This is located over the letters from the author’s last name.

What is the call number on this book?

The Three C’s

Draw

740

Pic

The Three C’s

Catalog

Is a list of the books that can be found in the library. The catalog is usually located on the computers in the library. What is the name of our school catalog?

The 10 Main Classes

Generalities – 000

Philosophy – 100

Religion – 200

Social Science – 300

Language – 400

Science & Math – 500

Technology – 600

The Arts – 700

Literature – 800

Geography & History - 900

Here we go!

100’s Philosophy

200’s Religion

300’s Social Science

Who is my neighbor?

400’s Language

How do I communicate with my

neighbors?

500’s Science and Math

What will I talk about? (natural sciences)

600’s Technology

What will I do with science? (applied

sciences)

700’s The Arts

Time for a break! What will I do for FUN?

800’s Literature

Time to get serious again: Authors and

books that make me who I am.

900’s Geography & History

Who, what, where, when, why? How did

everything happen?

000’s Generalities

We didn’t forget this one! This is for

everything else with room to grow.

There are so many fiction

books that most of them

are classified together

alphabetically by the author’s

last name.

Celebrate Learning!
•  Visit the Dewey Decimal Glog for a video and printable handout

http://lightholdercj.glogster.com/false-473/

• Order in the Library Online Game

http://users.ece.utexas.edu/~valmstrum/s2s/utopia/library4/src/library4.html

References

http://www.bellmore-merrick.k12.ny.us/handbook/Dewey.pdf

• Adamson, H. (2010). The Best of ProSoccer. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press
• Alstrum, V. (n.d.). Order in the Library Game. Retrieved from http://users.ece.utexas.edu/~valmstrum/s2s/utopia/library4/src/library4.html
• Branley, F. (1996). What Makes A Magnet? New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers, Inc.