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  • This leaflet is available in other formats on request. 425_1671 / September 2017

    At Northumbria University Library we use the Dewey Decimal Classification to organise our books in a logical order based on subject matter, so that they can be easily retrieved. This guide will demonstrate how a shelfmark is created for the topic motivation to learn.

    000 Computer Science, information and general works 100 Philosophy and psychology 200 Religion 300 Social sciences 400 Language 500 Pure Science 600 Technology 700 Arts and recreation 800 Literature 900 History and geography

    Dewey Decimal Classification divides knowledge into 10 main categories. In this instance the broad topic would be Social sciences.

    300 Social Sciences 310 General statistics

    320 Political science

    330 Economics

    340 Law

    350 Public administration

    360 Social services; associations

    370 Education

    380 Commerce, communications, transport

    390 Customs, etiquette, folklore

    Each category is then divided into 10 sub categories. In this instance the sub category is Education.

    370 Education

    370.1 Philosophy and theory

    370.2 Miscellany

    370.6 Organisations

    370.7 Education, research, related topics

    Each sub category is further divided into more specific topics. The more specific topic is Philosophy and theory.

    370.1 Philosophy and theory, education for specific

    objectives, educational psychology

    370.11 Education for specific objectives

    370.12 Classification and philosophical foundations

    370.13 Value of education

    370.14 Communication

    370.15 Educational psychology

    370.151 Differential psychology

    370.152 Conscious mental processes and intelligence

    370.153 Personality and emotions

    370.154 Motivation to learn

    370.155 Perception, movement, psychological drives

    As the subject divisions become more in-depth the numbers become longer. Within the topic Educational psychology we now find Motivation to learn.

    How does Dewey Decimal Classification work?

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  • This leaflet is available in other formats on request. 425_1671 / September 2017

    Please note, there are some exceptions to the Dewey classification system within the subject area of Pure Science (500s) and Technology (600s). Please read the signs that appear at the end of the shelving bays and if you need any further help finding your books ask a member of staff at an Ask4Help point.

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    Each copy of a book has its own classification number printed on the label on the bottom edge, or spine, of the book. This number is called the shelfmark. If you find a book of interest at one shelfmark you will also find books on the same or similar topics on nearby shelves. The three letters after the numbers are either the first three letters of the authors name or, if the book has been compiled by an editor, the first three letters of the title of the book. 940.5342

    NIC 940.5342NIC

    The rows of shelving at Northumbria University Library have six bays and the books are ordered from top to bottom.

    Browse along each shelf down to the bottom of the bay. The sequence continues at the top of the next bay and carries on in this format to the end of the row.