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Dewey Decimal System

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What is Dewey Decimal System?

Dewey Decimal System is a classification system that organizes information into ten general subject areas, which are broken into smaller and smaller topics.

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Who invented Dewey Decimal System?

Melvil Dewey

invented the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system at the age of twenty one years old while working as a student assistant in the library of Amherst College. invented the system to make it easy to find materials in all libraries. He also founded the American Library Association.

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The Dewey Decimal System is divided into ten categories/parts

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The Dewey Decimal System (call numbers) 500-599 600-699 700-799 800-899 900-999000-099 100-199 200-299 300-399 400-499

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What is a call number?

A call number is made up of the letters and numbers on the spine tag. A call number is the books address on the shelf.Call numbers are Dewey numbers.The call number might be all letters or some letters and some numbers

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Fiction BooksFiction books DO have Dewey Call numbersbooks by American authors all have the Dewey number 810but there are so many, we leave that off and they are shelved with call numbers E (first three letters of the authors name, or F (first three letters of the authors name)

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FictionFiction Books are not trueEverybody book section or in the Chapter books section.

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Non-FictionNon-fiction Books are trueDewey section of our library.Not EVERY book in the Dewey section is non-fiction. Fairy tales are fiction.

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000-099 General Works000-Computers, The unexplained (UFOs, Big Foot)020-Internet030-Encyclopedias & Almanacs060-Museums070-Newspapers

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100-199 Philosophy and Psychology130-Mysterious Happenings150-Optical Illusions170-Understanding Ourselves

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200-299 Religion220-Old Testament Bible Stories230-New Testament Bible Stories290-Mythology, World Religions

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300-399 Social Sciences

300-Social Issues320-Government330-Careers340-Court System350-Military Equipment360-Drugs, the environment370-Education380-History of Transportation390-Holidays, Folklore and Fables

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400-499 Language410-Sign Language420-Dictionaries, Grammar490-Hieroglyphics

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500-599 Science and Math510-Science Experiments520-Math530-Physical science (motion)540-Chemistry550-Weather, Earthquakes and Volcanoes560-Dinosaurs570-Habitats/Biomes580-Plants and trees590-Wild animals

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600-699 Science and Technology

600-Inventions610-The Human Body620-Space ships, trains, and car630-Pets and farm animals640-Cookbooks, organizing, sewing650-Jobs and management660-Chemical technology670 and 680-Manufacturing690-Building

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700-799 The Arts

710-Landscape art720-Architecture730-Origami740-Drawing, crafts750-Painting760-Print making770-Photography780-Music790-Sports

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800-899 Literature810-Poetry, plays, jokes and riddles (American fiction goes herethe everybody books and the chapter books but we dont put the numbers on!)820-Shakespeare and other books by British authors (Harry Potter)830-German literature840-French850-Italian860-Spanish870-Latin880-Greek and Roman890-Other languages

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900-999 History and Geography

900-American History910-Explorers920-Flags, Biographies930-Ancient Civilizations940-Knights, Castles, Europe, WWI and WWII950-Asia and the Middle East960-Africa970-North and Central America, State books980-South America990-The Pacific Islands, Australia

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So.if you know the Dewey Decimal System you can.Find books to help you with researchFind books about things you think are fun!Find books for your hobbiesAnd even get better grades

Happy Hunting!!!

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