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Material Classifications

Dewey Decimal classification

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Material in The Robertson Library is arranged using the Dewey Decimal Classification system, in which numbers from 000 to 999 are assigned to different subject areas, so material on the same subject is shelved together. The following is an outline of the Dewey system.

000

Generalities 500 Natural Sciences & Mathematics
004 Computer science & data processing 510 Mathematics
005 Computer programming 520 Astronomy & allied sciences
006 Special computer methods 530 Physics
010 Bibliography 540 Chemistry & allied sciences
020 Library & information sciences 550 Earth sciences
030 General encyclopaedic works 560 Palaeontology Palaeozoology
050 General serials & their indexes 570 Life sciences
060 General organisations & Museology 580 Botanical sciences
070 News media, journalism, publishing 590 Zoological sciences
080 General collections 600 Technology (Applied Sciences)
090 Manuscripts & rare books 610 Medical sciences
100 Philosophy & Psychology 620 Engineering
110 Metaphysics 630 Agriculture
120 Epistemology, causation, humankind 640 Home economics
130 Paranormal phenomena 650 Management
140 Specific philosophical schools 660 Chemical engineering
150 Psychology 670 Manufacturing
160 Logic 680 Manufacture for specific uses
170 Ethics 690 Buildings
180 Ancient, Medieval, Oriental Philosophy 700 The Arts
190 Modern Western philosophy 710 Civic & landscape art
200 Religion 720 Architecture
210 Natural theology 730 Plastic arts sculpture
220 Bible 740 Drawing & decorative arts
230 Christian theology 750 Painting
240 Christian moral & devotional theology 760 Graphic arts Printmaking
250 Christian orders & local church 770 Photography
260 Christian social theology 780 Music
270 Christian church history 790 Recreation Sport
280 Christian denominations & sects 800 Literature & Rhetoric
290 Other & comparative religions 810 American literature
300 Social Sciences 820 English literature
310 General statistics 830 Literature of Germanic languages
320 Political science 840 Literature of Romance languages
330 Economics 850 Italian, Romanian
340 Law 860 Spanish & Portuguese literature
350 Public administration 870 Italic literatures Latin
360 Social services 880 Hellenic literatures
370 Education 890 Literature of other languages
380 Commerce, communications, transport 900 Geography & History
390 Customs, etiquette, folklore 910 Geography & travel
400 Language 920 Biography, genealogy
410 Linguistics 930 History of ancient world
420 English & Old English 940 History of Europe
430 Germanic languages 950 History of Asia & Far East
440 Romance languages, French 960 History of Africa
450 Italian, Romanian, Rhaeto-Romanic 970 History of North America
460 Spanish & Portuguese 980 History of South America
470 Italic languages Latin 990 Other areas, New Zealand
480 Hellenic languages Classical Greek    
490 Other languages    

Understanding Library of Congress (LC) call numbers

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The Library of Congress (LC) classification system is used by many academic and research libraries around the world.  With LC, the call number always starts with a letter (or two), followed by numbers.  The letter indicates the subject.

e.g Cen:Reference HA 1107.5 EW5

Call numbers explained

Reading LC call numbers
Work down line by line, alphabetically then numerically (some numbers may contain a decimal point).  In the last line with letters and numbers, the numbers are treated as decimals.

LC call number books

The following is an outline of the LC system.

A General Works
B Philosophy, Psychology, Religion
C - F History
G Geography, Anthropology
H Social Sciences
J Political Science
K Law
L Education (General)
LA History of Education
LB Theory and practice of education
LC Special aspects of education
LD Individual Institutions - United States

LE

Individual Institutions - America (except United States)
LF Individual Institutions - Europe
LG Individual Institutions - Asia, Africa, Indian Ocean Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands
LH College and school magazines and papers
LJ Student fraternities, United States
LT Textbooks
M Music
N Art and Architecture
P Language and Literature
Q Science
R Medicine
S Agriculture, Soils
T Technology
U Military Science
V Naval Science
W Psychology
Z Bibliography, Library Science

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