FINDING A BOOK


If you are wondering what the Dewey system is, this is the space to be. The Dewey system is the numerical system used by librarians to categorize books in the library. According to WordNet on Google, the Dewey system is "a system used by libraries to classify nonfictional publications into subject categories. The subject is indicated by a three-digit numeral and further specification is given by numerals following a decimal point. Publications are shelved by number".









HOW TO FIND A SUBJECT
000 – 099
GENERAL
616
Diseases
001.9
Strange phenomena
629.2
Motor Cars

(e.g. Loch Ness Monster)
635
Gardening
004 – 006
Computers
641
Cookery
030
Encyclopedias
646
Sewing
070
Journalism
649
Childcare


650
Business management
100 – 199
PHILOSOPHY AND PSYCHOLOGY
659
Advertising and public relations
130
Paranormal phenomena (e.g. ghosts)
684
Woodwork
150
Psychology
690
Building
180 – 190
Philosophy




700 – 799
ARTS AND RECREATION
200 – 299
RELIGION
720
Architecture
220
Bible
730
Sculpture
230 – 280
Christianity
741
Drawing
290
Other religions
745
Crafts


747
Interior decorating
300 – 399
SOCIAL SCIENCES
750
Painting
320
Politics
770
Photography
330
Economics
780
Music
340
Law
790
Games, films and sport
350
Public administration
796
Sport
355
Military Science (eg. Weapons, armies)


360
Social problems (eg. AIDS, drug abuse)
800 – 899
LITERATURE
364
Crime
820
English Literature
370
Education
839.36
Afrikaans Literature
385 – 388
Transport
896
Xhosa Literature
391
History of clothes and fashion


392.5
Weddings
900 – 999
GEOGRAPHY, HISTORY, BIOGRAPHY
398.2
Folktales
910
Geography And travel


910.45
Sea travel
400 – 499
LANGUAGES
914
Europe
420
English
915
Asia
439.36
Afrikaans
916
Africa
496
Xhosa
916.8
South Africa


917
North America
500 – 599
SCIENCE
918
South America
510
Mathematics
919
Australia and New Zealand
520
Astronomy
920
Biographies (famous people)
530
Physics
930
History – Ancient World
540
Chemistry

(e.g. Ancient Egypt)
550
Geology
940
Modern European History
560
Fossils
940.4
World War I
567.91
Dinosaurs
940.54
World War II
572
Anthropology
950
History – Asia
574
Biology
960
History – Africa
580
Plants
968
History – South Africa
590
Animals
970
History – North America


980
History – South America
600 – 699
TECHNOLOGY
990
History – Australia and New Zealand
610
Medicine / Health


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