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The Dewey Decimal System


Using Dewey to find non-fiction resources

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1. Dewey's 10 main subject groups

Complete the following table using the signs on the end of our shelves:

         Number                Subject Group

2. Call Number - the Dewey number given to each non-fiction book in the library

Again using the numbers on the ends of our shelves, write down the Dewey subject area for each book  

                 Author                              Title and date published         Call number             Dewey subject area       
Sparrow, Giles               Asteroids, comets and Meteors, 2001           523.5  520  Astronomy
Alexander, Jenny    Bullies, Big Mouths and So-called Friends, 2003           371.583
Turner, Steve Dad, You're Not Funny and other poems, 1999                 821
Maynard, Chris Trains, 2001            625.2
Walker, June    100 Things You Should Know About Knights and
Lawrenson, Diana    Inside the Australian Ballet,  1999             792.809

3. Finding books on the shelf.

 Use the library catalogue to find two non-fiction books on different subjects (for example - Pets and Ancient Egypt). Complete the following table and try to find your books on the shelf. Bring your books to show your teacher.

       Author                   Title and date published                   Call Number                      Dewey subject area                


Finding fiction books in the library

Fiction books are organised alphabetically on the library shelves. The call number of each book is based on the first three letters of the author's surname.

Write the call numbers for each of these novels.

                        Author                                                               Title                                                                          Call Number                      
Anderson, Rachel Paper Faces, 2002
Alan, Gibbons Shadow of the Minotaur, 2000
French, Simon Where in the World, 2002
Herrick, Steven The Simple Gift, 2000
Clarke, Judith    Wolf on the Fold, 2000
Feinberg, Anna Borrowed Light, 1999

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