210 Natural theology
230 Christian theology
240 Christian moral & devotional theology
250 Christian orders & local church
260 Christian social theology
270 Christian church history
280 Christian denominations & sects
290 Other & comparative religions
300 Sociology and anthropology
310 General statistics
320 Political science
350 Public administration
360 Social services; associations
380 Commerce, communications, transport
390 Customs, etiquette, folklore
500Natural sciences & mathematics
420 English & Old English
430 Germanic languages German
440 Romance languages French
450 Italian, Romanian languages
460 Spanish & Portuguese languages
470 ltalic languages, Latin
480 Hellenic languages, Classical Greek
490 Other languages
600 General technology
610 Medical sciences and medicine
620 Engineering & allied operations
640 Home economics & family living
650 Management & auxiliary services
660 Chemical engineering
680 Manufacture for specific uses
710 Civic & landscape art
730 Plastic arts, sculpture
740 Drawing & decorative arts
750 Painting & paintings (museums)
760 Graphic arts, printmaking & prints, postage stamps
770 Photography & photographs
790 Recreational & performing arts
800Literature & rhetoric
900Geography & history
810 American literature
820 English & Old English literatures
830 Literatures of Germanic languages
840 Literatures of Romance languages
850 Italian, Romanian literatures
860 Spanish & Portuguese literatures
870 Italic literatures, Latin
880 Hellenic literatures, Classical Greek
890 Literatures of other languages
900 World History
910 Geography and travel
920 Biography, genealogy, insignia
930 History of the ancient world
940 General history of Europe
950 General history of Asia, Far East
960 General history of Africa
970 General history of North America
980 General history of South America
990 General history of other areas
from the www.ipl.org site
Cataloguing can't be learned in a day.
Dewey is not a perfect system; not all books fit neatly into 1 number
Some books can legitimately be catalogued in several numbers; choose the one most appropriate to the curriculum and the conditions in your school
Always put a book in a number where it will get maximum usage; move excellent books if they don't seem to be used
Bend the rules to suit local needs
Avoid censorship: put literature in the 800s
Catalogue biographies into subject areas. ie. a biography of Tiger Woods should be in golf, not biography
There are standard subdivisions that can be added to almost any number:
.03 = dictionaries, encyclopedias. ie. 503 for a dictionary of science; 610.3 dictionary of medical terms
.09 = history and criticism. ie. 809 = criticism of literature; 385.09 for a history of railways
place numbers can be added where appropriate:
.71 = Canada; ie. 385.0971 Canadian railways;
.73 = US; ie. 330.973 American economics
country codes are already present in the 900s. ie. 971 means Canadian history; 917.3 means American geography
.07 = education; ie. 507 = studying science; 622.07 = the study of mining
Begin by estimating the Dewey number. Then check the Dewey index. Never assign a number without looking up the actual number in the schedules. If you are truly stuck, check the online catalogue at the North Bay Public Library.
Sears Subject Headings - Be Consistent
Use standard subject headings.
Check our online catalogue for previously used headings and be consistent
Remember some local variances we have made:
no spaces around a dash. ie CANADA-HISTORY-1841-1867; SCIENCE-HISTORY
always use a dash between titles & sub-titles. ie. PIERRE TRUDEAU-CANADIAN MAGUS
Add sub-titles when they are going to clarify a title &/or fit on the line. ie. SUPERSTRINGS-GLUE OF THE UNIVERSE does help clarify the title SUPERSTRINGS, but in HOW TO FIX STOVES-OR WHAT TO DO TIL THE REPAIRMAN COMES, the sub-title doesn't really add anything.
never begin with A, AN, THE, LE, LA, LES, L'
use BLACKS, NATIVES, INUIT, INDIANS OF SOUTH AMERICA
Think like a student: what subject heading would a student use? ie. COOKERY may be the official term but students would look under RECIPES, FOOD, COOKING. AUTOMOBILES is the official heading, but students would look under CARS
Be generous with the use of subject headings
Think curriculum. If we know that students always do a paper on biographies of Canadians, then we should always use CANADA-BIOGRAPHY as a subject heading when appropriate. If LOCAL HISTORY is a really important part of your collection, then use that as a heading.
Any sub-title can be used as a subject within the rules of Sears
Dewey Pinball -
1. Select a 100 Category
Dewey Decimal System
000 General Works
100 Psychology & Philosophy
300 Social Sciences
600 Applied Science & Tech
700 Arts, Music & Sports
900 Geography & History
What is unclassified elsewhere?
Who am I?
Who made me?
Who is that person?
How can I communicate?
What do I know about nature?
How can I use what I know about nature?
What do I do in my leisure time?
What are the great writings?
Where can we go and where have we been?
questions from excellent site 2. Select a Sub-category within the 000 - example - encyclopedia volume - World Book
000 - Generalities
020 Library & information sciences
General encyclopedic works
050 General serials & their indexes
General organizations & museology
News media, journalism, publishing
080 General collections
090 Manuscripts & rare books
001.1 Intellectual Life
001.2 Scholarship and Learning
001.9 Controversial knowledge
002 The book
004 Data processing, Computer science
004.1 General works on specific types of computers
004.2 Systems analysis and design, computer architecture
004.6 Interfacing and communications
005 Computer programming, programs, data
005.2 Programming for specific types of computers
005.4 Systems programming and programs
005.6 Microprogramming and microprograms
005.7 Data in computer systems
005.8 Data security