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The Dewey Decimal System. Miss Ballistreri Bellmawr Park E.M. Burke. Purpose. The purpose of the Dewey Decimal System is to group books together that are on the same subject . This allows the library to stay organized and helps patrons find books in the correct location. Who is Dewey?. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • The Dewey Decimal SystemMiss BallistreriBellmawr ParkE.M. Burke

  • PurposeThe purpose of the Dewey Decimal System is to group books together that are on the same subject. This allows the library to stay organized and helps patrons find books in the correct location.

  • Who is Dewey?Melvil Dewey lived from 1851 to 1931.He was a librarian.He decided to group books together based on their subject.His system is still used today around the world!

  • 10 General GroupsThe Dewey Decimal system divides the non-fiction books into 10 broad groups.Lots of subjects fit into each of the 10 groups.For example, sports and music are in the same group.

  • Dewey Groupings000-099 General Knowledge100-199 Psychology & Philosophy200-299 Religion & Mythology300-399 Social Sciences400-499 Languages500-599 Math & Science600-699 Medicine and Technology700-799 Arts & Recreation800-899 Literature 900-999 Geography & History

  • 000-099 General KnowledgeBooks that fit into this group: Have many different subjects in them (like World Record Books or Encyclopedias).Are on unexplained subjects (like The Loch Ness Monster).

  • 100-199 Psychology & Philosophy Books in this section tell about how we think and feel.FeelingsMaking FriendsSuperstitionsEthics

  • 200-299 Religion & MythologyBooks in this group tell about different religions (Christianity, Buddhism, Judiasm, etc.) and ancient mythology.

  • 300-399 Social SciencesBooks in this group tell us about society (how people live together).HolidaysCustomsGovernmentMannersFairy Tales

  • 400-499 LanguagesAll World Languages

    Sign Language

    Dictionaries

  • 500-599 Math & ScienceAnimals

    Dinosaurs

    Geology

    Insects

    Planets & Stars

  • 600-699 Medicine and TechnologyHealthHuman BodyThings that are man-made:ComputersCookbooksInventionsPetsAutomobiles

  • 700-799 Arts & RecreationArchitectureArts & CraftsDrawingMusic Sports

  • 800-899 LiteratureBooks in this section are stories, plays, or poetry.This section was originally for all fiction books but there were too many to fit.

  • 900-999 Geography & HistoryCountries

    Native Americans

    States

    Travel

    Wars

  • Things to Remember.Non-fiction call numbers are in numerical order (whereas fiction call numbers are in alphabetical order).Books about the same subject are always near each other on the shelves.

  • Dewey Call NumbersNon-fiction books are grouped by numbers (for the subject) and the first three letters of the authors last name.For example:784.19 KAL is a music book by Bobbie Kalman

  • To ReviewNon-fiction call numbers look like:509 ABA598 GAB613 ZOE901 FRE001 BON675 RECFiction call numbers look like:FIC TREFIC POEFIC LIOFIC BALFIC FISFIC CHE