Finding non-fiction using the Dewey Decimal Scheme

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Lesson 3-Non-Fiction

Noun

“Literature other than fiction” Oxford Paperback Dictionary “Said of prose work: Fact” Chambers “1 st Century Dictionary

How do we organise non-fiction?

• Author X • Title X • Subject Headings X • Subject classification scheme √

Melville Dewey

• Invented the Dewey Decimal Classification • DDC attempts to organize all knowledge into ten main subject classes • Books are placed on the shelf in number order

Books in number order

001.9

570

597.9

822.3

976

The Dewey system • • • • • • • • • •

000 Generalities 100 Philosophy and Psychology 200 Religion 300 Social Science 400 Language 500 Natural Science and Mathematics 600 Technology (Applied Sciences) 700 Arts and recreation 800 Literature 900 Geography and History

700 Arts and recreation

700 710 720 730 740 750 760 770 780

790

Arts, Sports, Recreation Civic & landscape art Architecture Plastic arts (sculpture) Drawing & decorative art Painting Graphic arts Photography Music

Recreation, performing arts, sports

790 in detail

790 Recreational & performing arts

791 Public performances 792 Stage presentations 793 Indoor games & amusements 794 Indoor games of skill 795 Games of chance 796 Athletic & outdoor sports & games 797 Aquatic & air sports 798 Equestrian sports & animal racing 799 Fishing, hunting, shooting

• • Most detailed level look at relationship of subjects 796.1 Miscellaneous Games 796.3 Ball games – 796.32 Ball thrown or hit by hand – 796 33 Ball propelled by foot 796.332 American Football 796.333 Rugby Football

796.334 Soccer

– 796.34 Racket games 796.342 Tennis 796.343 Squash 796.347 Badminton • • • • • • 796.4 Athletics 796.5 Outdoor life 796.6 Cycling 796.7 Motor Sports 796.8 Combat sports 796.9 Ice and snow sports

How to find class numbers

• Ask the Librarians • Shelf guides and shelf end charts • • Wall chart Oliver

Exercise

• Using the wall chart or catalogue, find out what class numbers are used for up to three of the following subjects: Anne Frank Greek cookery Salvador Dali Magnets Queen Elizabeth I French dictionary Buddhism Spiders World War II Inventions Hurricanes and Tornadoes Slavery • Write down the classification number • Go to the shelves and try to find that number. Write down the title of one of the books shelved at that number

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