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April 16, 2006
Dewey Decimal Classes

The Media Center is organized using the Dewey Decimal System of Classification. Materials are arranged so users can locate them on the shelves. Call numbers are printed on labels on the spines of books to help users locate materials, and to allow us to keep materials in order on the shelves.

We use F and the first 3 letters of the author's last name for the call numbers of fiction books, even though fiction could actually be "classed" in 813 in Dewey's system.

We use SC and the first 3 letters of the author's last name for the call numbers of collections of stories, even though short stories could be "classed" in 821 in Dewey's system.

We use REF as a prefix in the call numbers to designate reference books.

For all other books (nonfiction) we use the Dewey class number and the first 3 letters of the author's last name for the call numbers. The exception is biography (921) where the 3 letters are the first 3 letters of the biographee's last name (the person about whom the book is written).

There are some Dewey numbers you should know.
292 Mythology
398 and 398.2 Folk and fairy tales
811 Poetry
920 Biography (collective)
921 Biography (individual and autobiography)
973 American History

To see a list of the Dewey Classes, Click here.

Posted by Mrs. Hendrix

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