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Dewey Decimal Classification September 16, 2013

Filed under: ETL505 Bibliographic Standards in Education — Jennifer Baccon @ 1:00 pm
  • Advantages: include has organisational support; is regularly revised; full and abridged editions
  • Disadvantages of cultural bias; some sections crowded (eg. technology); base 10 limits concepts expressed; long notation
  • Discipline (fields of study) based therefore, subject might appear in a number of classes in the scheme depending on context
  • 10 classes – 10 divisions each class – 10 sections each division
  • First digit in three the class, second the division, and third the section
  • Never 0 in ending a number on the right of the decimal point
  • Applying DDC requires determining subject, disciplinary focus, perhaps approach or form
  • Author’s intent when considering subject
  • Classed in discipline of intention rather than discipline from which derived
  • Class – subject being acted upon
  • The increasingly availability of DDC classification numbers for resources = new emphasis from creating a classification number to ensuring that the classification number assigned fits the classification needs, standards and practices of the library
  • DDC tables

    Table 1 Standard Subdivisions

    Table 2 Geographic Areas, Historical Periods, Biography

    Table 3A-C Subdivisions for Arts, for Individual

    Literatures, for Specific Literary Forms

    Table 4 Subdivisions of Individual Languages and

    Language Families

    Table 5 Ethnic and National Groups

    Table 6 Languages


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