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Dewey Decimal SystemBy: Fathul Jannah binti Abd HamidHow would youPut books on shelves?Make titles easy to find?Make topics easy to find?Keep track of each book?

Dewey..Knew we find books by topics of interestUsed numbers as codeClassify books by topicNumbers keep books on same topic togetherLes us browse shelves to find books

Who created the Dewey Decimal Classification System?In 1847 an American librarian named Melville Dewey made up a way of classifying books called the Dewey Decimal Classification SystemThis system is now used in most libraries all over the world.It uses 10 categories of numbers, with decimal places to group similar things together

Melville Dewey

Dewey Decimal SystemPuts similar things together

The Dewey Decimal SystemThe Dewey Decimal Classification is the most widely used library organization system in the world.

The system groups books by topic by dividing them into 10 basic categories, and each of those categories is further split into 10 categories, and so on.


The Big Ten!Generalities 000Philosophy 100Religion 200Social Science 300Language 400Science & Math 500Technology 600The Arts 700Literature 800Geography & History - 900

The Dewey Decimal System brings order to the library.You Can Judge A Book by Its Cover! The Dewey Decimal Classification call number can be found on the spine label.Why? When the book is shelved, the Dewey Decimal Classification call number can be easily seen.


000MeaThink of how information is used Rational systemDeweys PlanHe chose these subjects by imagining himself to be a Caveman. He asked himself questions he thought such a man would have asked.13Generalities 000 Before I Begin

Encyclopedias, Book of World RecordsEncyclopaediasBooks about libraries & museumsJournalismComputersControversial or unexplained topicsGeneralitiesInformation I need to know before I begin. These are books which contain information on many subjects such as encyclopedias and other reference books.

14Philosophy 100 Who am I? Paranormal phenomenaPsychologyLogicThinking about ourselvesWho am I?Why am I here?Ideas

We think

Man thinks about himself.

15Religion 200 Who made me?

About GodBeliefsReligionsMythologiesWhere did we come from?Who created us?

16 Man thinks about God.

BibleHistory of ChristianityOther Religions

Social Science 300 Who is the man (or woman) in the next cave?

Communities - Learning to get along togetherTrade CommercePolitics GovernmentEducationLaw

TransportWelfareFolk lore and fairy tales

Man thinks about other people.GovernmentEducationFolklore

17Language 400 How can I make that man understand me?

We talk with othersLanguagesHow do we communicate with each other?

Man learns to communicate with others through words.

18Natural Science & Math 500 How can I understand nature and the world around me?

We discover what is around usNatural Science and MathsNature and the world around usThe universeThe earthAnimalsBirdsReptilesFishMan learns to understand nature on the land, in the sea, and in the sky.

MathematicsEarth sciencesPlantsAnimals19Technology 600 How can I use what I know about nature?

Things that are useful to us

Applied Science TechnologyHow we have changed the natural world to make it more useful Anything that people invent, engineer, grow, manufacture, process and buildAPPLIED SCIENCE AND USEFUL ARTS (Technology)

Primitive man learned about fire and how to make weapons. He learned through the ages about the wheel, about medicine, planting crops, cooking food, building bridges, and how to make all the things we use.

20The Arts 700 How can I enjoy my leisure time?

We make beautiful thingsSport RecreationHow people use their leisure timeArtCraftDanceMusicFINE ART AND RECREATION or (Arts) By this time, primitive man had more time to do the things he enjoyed. He learned how to paint pictures and to create music.

21Literature 800 How can I give my children a record of man's heroic deeds?

We writeLiteratureThe stories, poems and plays people write in their leisure time

Man became a storyteller. He created fables, poetry, and plays about his ancestors and the people he knew. Later, man recorded these stories for all people to read.

American LiteratureOld English LiteratureLiteratures of Other Languages

22Geography & History 900 How can I leave a record for men of the future?

We write about travel, people, and events

GeographyHistoryBiographiesThe rest of the worldHow they live nowHow they lived long agoMan began to write about events that had occurred everywhere, and about people who had participated in these events.

GeographyAncient HistoryAmerican History

23500 - Natural Sciences590 - Zoological science (animals)595 - Other Invertebrates (animals without backbones)595.7 - Insects595.78 - Lepidoptera (creatures with 4 wings & scales)595.789 - Butterflies

How do the numbers work?Location code (specific to our Library)

Dewey Decimal number

First 3 letters of the authors last nameBook Labels / Call NumbersP595.789TER

BPL - Bag Primary LargeCH - ChartP - PrimaryPAR - Primary Accelerated ReaderPB - Picture BookPM6 - Primary MultipleR - ReferenceS - SecondarySRB - Secondary RIB-ITLocation Codes

Flashback! What Do You Remember?Who created the Dewey Decimal Classification System?What does the DDCS do for our library?How many main classifications are there?Where do you find the DDCS number on a library book?