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Dewey Decimal Classification – The Summaries

… provide an overview of the discipline and subject arrangement

Melville Dewey chose 10 main class which covered the entire world of knowledge … … in the 1800s.In DDC. . the basic classes are organized by discipline or fields of study.

General works Philosophy Theology Academic Divisions of Knowledge in Dewey’s time: Sociology Philology Natural science Useful arts Fine arts Literature History .

The First Summary Ten Main Classes 000 100 200 300 Generalities Philosophy & psychology Religion Social sciences 400 500 600 700 800 Language Natural sciences & mathematics Technology (Applied science) The arts Fine & decorative Literature and rhetoric 900 Geography & history .

) 000 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 Computer science. information & general works Philosophy & psychology Religion Social sciences Language Science Technology Arts & recreation Literature 800 900 History & geography .The First Summary Ten Main Classes (22 ed.

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Organizations & museology News media. journalism.Second Summary The Hundred Divisions 000 Generalities Bibliography Library & Information sciences General encyclopedic works 010 020 030 040 050 General serial publications Gen. publish. General collections 060 070 080 090 Manuscripts and rare books .

Third Summary The Thousand Sections 000 Generalities 001 002 003 Knowledge The Book Systems 004 005 006 007 008 Data processing Computer science Computer programming. data Special computer methods 009 .

Principle of hierarchy Hierarchy .the arrangement of a classification of a system from general to specific .

300 370 372 Social sciences Education Elementary education .Principle of hierarchy Structural hierarchy All topics (except for the 10 main classes) are subordinate to and part of the broader topics above them.

A number is subordinate to a class whose notation is one digit shorter 636 636.Principle of hierarchy Notational hierarchy is expressed by length of notation.1 Animal husbandry Equines Horses Subordinate (more specific) .

2 Animal husbandry Equines Horses Bovines Cattle coordinate (equally specific) .Principle of hierarchy Notational hierarchy is expressed by length of notation. A number is coordinate with a class whose notation has the same number of digits 636 636.1 636.

When we are “building’ classification numbers. we must be sure to start with the correct schedule number. Suppose we needed a number for a book about algebra How do we use the summaries to get this? First Summary 500 Natural science & mathematics Second Summary 510 Mathematics Third Summary 512 Algebra .

Far East Third Summary 955 Iran .History of Iran First Summary 900 Geography & history Second Summary 950 General history of Asia.

Greek sculpture First Summary 700 The Arts Fine and decorative arts Second Summary 730 Plastic arts Sculpture Third Summary 733 Greek. Etruscan Roman sculpture .