The Dewey
Decimal System
Libraries
Books are grouped
or organized in a
special way so that
we can easily find
the books we need
in a library.
Two Kinds of Books
Books in the library are organized
into two groups:
Fiction
Non-fiction
Fiction or Non-fiction?
Fiction books are books that are
make-believe or not factual.
Non-fiction books are books that
are based on facts.
Fiction Books
Fiction books are organized in ABC
order by the author’s last name.
FIC ADL
FIC BRU
FIC SHA
Non-fiction Books
Non-fiction books are organized by
subjects and grouped by call numbers.
Call numbers come from something
called the Dewey Decimal System.
The Dewey Decimal Groups
000s General Works
100s Philosophy and Psychology
200s Religion
300s Social Sciences
400s Language
500s Science
600s Technology
700s Arts and Recreation
800s Literature
900s History and Geography
©Highsmith Inc. Reproduced with
permission from Highsmith Inc.
000s-General Works
Books that fit in this group have
many different subjects in them.
001.9 Bar
001.944 Cox
025.5 San
Magazines and newspapers are
kept in the 000s.
050
070
OOOs
General Works
©Highsmith Inc. Reproduced with
permission from Highsmith Inc.
100s-Philosophy and Psychology
Books in this group tell about how
we think and feel.
152.4 Joh
152.4 Tes
OOOs
General Works
1OOs
Philosophy
and
Psychology
©Highsmith Inc. Reproduced with
permission from Highsmith Inc.
200s-Religion
Books in this group tell about
different religions or stories from the
Bible.
200 BUL
222 HAY
232.91 DeP
OOOs
General Works
1OOs
Philosophy
and
Psychology
©Highsmith Inc. Reproduced with
permission from Highsmith Inc.
2OOs
Religion
300s-Social Sciences
Books in this group tell about how
people live together.
305.8 KUK
332.024 SCH
353.03 SPI
You can find books about how
Christmas is celebrated in different
countries in the 300s.
394.2 COO
394.266 ERL
Fairy tales, tall tales and folk tales
are also placed in the 300s.
398.2 Bre
398.2 Osb
OOOs
General Works
1OOs
Philosophy and
Psychology
3OOs
Social Sciences
©Highsmith Inc. Reproduced with
permission from Highsmith Inc.
2OOs
Religion
400s-Language
Books in this group are about
different languages or grammar.
419 FLO
428.1 Cle
REF 423 SCH
OOOs
General Works
1OOs
Philosophy and
Psychology
3OOs
Social Sciences
2OOs
Religion
4OOs
Language
©Highsmith Inc. Reproduced with
permission from Highsmith Inc.
500s-Science
Books in this group are about
things from nature.
523.8 JEF
551.2 SEN
597.96 BRO
OOOs
General Works
1OOs
Philosophy and
Psychology
3OOs
Social Sciences
5OOs
Science
©Highsmith Inc. Reproduced with
permission from Highsmith Inc.
2OOs
Religion
4OOs
Language
600s-Technology
This group has books that are about
man-made things.
629.224 Poo
636.7 Eva
OOOs
General Works
1OOs
Philosophy and
Psychology
3OOs
Social Sciences
5OOs
Science
2OOs
Religion
4OOs
Language
6OOs
Technology
©Highsmith Inc. Reproduced with
permission from Highsmith Inc.
700s-Arts and Recreation
Books in this group are about
things we do for fun.
743 AME
782.42 KAT
Books about sports can be found
in this section.
796.325 CRO
796.332 BOO
796.6 McC
OOOs
General Works
1OOs
Philosophy and
Psychology
3OOs
Social Sciences
5OOs
Science
7OOs
Arts
and
Recreation
©Highsmith Inc. Reproduced with
permission from Highsmith Inc.
2OOs
Religion
4OOs
Language
6OOs
Technology
800s-Literature
Books in this group are stories,
plays, poetry, or jokes.
811 PRE
812 GIF
Fiction books used to be put in the 800s
because they are stories, but soon there
were so many fiction books that they had
to be separated into their own section.
OOOs
General Works
1OOs
Philosophy and
Psychology
3OOs
Social Sciences
5OOs
Science
7OOs
Arts and
Recreation
©Highsmith Inc. Reproduced with
permission from Highsmith Inc.
2OOs
Religion
4OOs
Language
6OOs
Technology
8OOs
Literature
900s-History and Geography
Books in this group tell about events
of the past and places in the world.
940.1 Hop
998.9 DON
921-Biography
Books in this group tell about real
people and their lives.
921 Dis
921 Ear
OOOs
General Works
1OOs
Philosophy and
Psychology
3OOs
Social Sciences
5OOs
Science
7OOs
Arts and
Recreation
9OOs
History
and
Geography
©Highsmith Inc. Reproduced with
permission from Highsmith Inc.
2OOs
Religion
4OOs
Language
6OOs
Technology
8OOs
Literature
Reference
Books in this group contain a great
deal of information about a specific
topic.
030
Encyclopedias
031
World Almanac
(Guinness Book of World Records)
423
Dictionaries
912
Atlases
OOOs
General Works
1OOs
Philosophy and
Psychology
3OOs
Social Sciences
5OOs
Science
7OOs
Arts and
Recreation
9OOs
History
and
Geography
©Highsmith Inc. Reproduced with
permission from Highsmith Inc.
2OOs
Religion
4OOs
Language
6OOs
Technology
8OOs
Literature
Are there any questions?
Let’s review!
What system do we use to
organize Non-fiction books in the
Media Center?
A. The Solar System
B. The Digestive System
C. The Dewey Decimal System
Who invented the Dewey
Decimal System?
A. Herman Melville
B. Melvil Dewey
C. Huey, Dewey and Louie
Numbers in the Dewey Decimal
system are known as _______.
A. phone numbers
B. prime numbers
C. call numbers
How many general groups are
there in the Dewey Decimal System?
A. 10
B. 100’s
C. 1000’s
In what Dewey Group would
you find a copy of the Times
Herald, our city’s newspaper?
A. 000’s General Works
B. 300’s Social Sciences
C. 900’s History and Geography
Fantastic job!
You’re a Dewey Decimal
Dynamite Detective!
Now use what you know to find
the books in the Media Center that
you need and want to read.
Resources
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http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com/tp/query?action=3&subnumber=1000407&isbn=0439438160&appid=4
(2005). The beginners Bible: timeless children’s stories. Grand Rapids, MI: Mission City Press. Retrieved November
7, 2007, from
http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=709628&show_all_cr=1&event=EBRN#customer
_reviews
Aggasi, M., Ph. D. (2000). Hands are not for hitting. Minneapolis, MN : Free Spirit Publishing, Inc. Retrieved
November 7, 2007, from
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Broekel, R. (1982). Snakes. Chicago, IL: Children’s Press. Retrieved November 7, 2007, from
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Burdett, J. (1998). Shakespeare can be fun!: Romeo and Juliet for kids. Buffalo, NY: Firefly Books. Retrieved
November 7, 2007, from
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Capucilli, A. S. (1999). Happy Thanksgiving, Biscuit! New York: HarperCollins. Retrieved November 7, 2007, from
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?z=y&EAN=9780694012213&itm=5
Durell, A. (1989). The Diane Goode book of American folk tales and songs. New York : E.P. Dutton. Retrieved
November 7, 2007, from
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Dyer, W.W. (2005). Incredible you!: 10 ways to let your greatness shine through. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, Inc.
Retrieved November 7, 2007, from
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?z=y&EAN=9781401907822&itm=1
Eckart, E. (2002). I can play soccer. New York: Children’s Press. Retrieved November 7, 2007, from
http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com/tp/query?action=3&subnumber=1000407&isbn=0516239694&appid=4
Resources
Emberley, E. (1977). Ed Emberley's great thumbprint drawing book. Boston, MA: Little, Brown. Retrieved November
7, 2007, from http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com/tp/query?action=3&subnumber=1000407&isbn=0316236683&appid=4
Evans, M. (1992). Puppy: a practical guide to caring for your puppy. New York: Houghton Mifflin. Retrieved
November 7, 2007, from
http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com/tp/query?action=3&subnumber=1000407&isbn=1564581276&appid=4
Fanelli, S. (2002). Mythological monsters of Ancient Greece. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press. Retrieved
November 7, 2007, from
http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com/tp/query?action=3&subnumber=1000407&isbn=0763619078&appid=4
Galdone. P. (1975). The gingerbread boy. New York: Clarion. Retrieved November 7, 2007, from
http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com/tp/query?action=3&subnumber=1000407&isbn=0899191630&appid=4
Heller, R. (1990 ). Merry-go-round: a book about nouns. New York: Grosset & Dunlap. Retrieved November 7, 2007,
from http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com/tp/query?action=3&subnumber=1000407&isbn=0448400855&appid=4
Kent, D. (2003). Sign Language. New York: F. Watts. Retrieved November 7, 2007, from
http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com/tp/query?action=3&subnumber=1000407&isbn=053112018X&appid=4
Killion, B. Dewey did it!. PowerPoint. Retrieved October 19, 2007, from
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Martin, P. The library at pppst.com. Retrieved November 11, 2007, from http://www.pppst.com/library.html
Mayer, M. (2006). Just so thankful. New York: HarperCollins. Retrieved November 7, 2007, from
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McGovern, A. (1992). If you lived in Colonial times. New York: Scholastic. Retrieved November 7, 2007, from
http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com/tp/query?action=3&subnumber=1000407&isbn=059045160X&appid=4
Resources
Morse, J.C. (2005). Scholastic book of world records, 2006. New York: Scholastic Reference. Retrieved November
7, 2007, from http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com/tp/query?action=3&subnumber=1000407&isbn=0439755182&appid=4
Nason, R. (2005). The Jewish faith. North Mankato, MN : Cherrytree Books. Retrieved November 7, 2007, from
http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com/tp/query?action=3&subnumber=1000407&isbn=1842343416&appid=4
Peterson, D. (1998). Australia. New York: Children’s Press. Retrieved November 7, 2007, from
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Radford, D. (1994). Building machines and what they do. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press. Retrieved November
7, 2007, from http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1564023648/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top/103-4689967-5045450
Rotner, S. (2003). Lots of feelings. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publishing Group. Retrieved November 7, 2007, from
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?z=y&EAN=9780761323778&itm=1
Sidman, J. (20006). Meow ruff: a story in concrete poetry. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin. Retrieved November 7,
2007, from http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com/tp/query?action=3&subnumber=1000407&isbn=9780618448944&appid=4
Sprin, M.S. (2004 ). I am the turkey. New York: Harper Collins. Retrieved November 7, 2007, from
http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com/tp/query?action=3&subnumber=1000407&isbn=9780060532307&appid=4
Thomas & Sydenham. (2003). Melvil Dewey: a bigraphy. Retrieved November 11, 2007 from
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Tomecek, S. (2003). Stars. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society. Retrieved November 7, 2007, from
http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com/tp/query?action=3&subnumber=1000407&isbn=0792269551&appid=4
Trumbauer, L. (2005). Living in a city. Mankato, MN.: Capstone Press. Retrieved November 7, 2007, from
http://titlepeek.fsc.follett.com/tp/query?action=3&subnumber=1000407&isbn=9780736836302&appid=4
Yorke, M. (1998). Beastly tales: yeti, Bigfoot, and the Loch Ness monster. New York: DK Publishers. Retrieved
November 7, 2007, from
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GPS and QCC Resources
Georgia Department of Education: Georgia Standards. (2006).
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http://www.georgiastandards.org/
Georgia Department of Education. QCC Standards & Resources.
(2005). Retrieved November, 10, 2007, from
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Clipart Resources
Normak, H. (2007). Graphic Garden. Retrieved June 1, 2007 from
http://graphicgarden.com.
Microsoft office online: clipart and media. (2007). Retrieved
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