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Introd­uction

The Dewey Decimal Classi­fic­ation (DDC), or Dewey Decimal System, is a propri­etary library classi­fic­ation system first published in the United States by Melvil Dewey in 1876. The DDC introduced the concepts of relative location and relative index which allow new books to be added to a library in their approp­riate location based on subject. The classi­fic­ation's notation uses three-­digit Arabic numerals for main classes, with fractional decimals allowing expansion for further detail. A library assigns a classi­fic­ation number that unambi­guously locates a particular volume in a position relative to other books in the library, on the basis of its subject. The number makes it possible to find any book and to return it to its proper place on the library shelves.

000 Genera­lities

010 Biblio­graphy
020 Library & inform­ation sciences
030 General encycl­opedic works
040 Unassigned
050 General serials & their indexes
060 General organi­zations & museology
070 News media, journa­lism, publishing
080 General collec­tions
090 Manusc­ripts & rare books

100 Philosophy and psychology

110 Metaph­ysics
120 Episte­mology, causation, humankind
130 Paranormal phenomena, occult
140 Specific philos­ophical schools
150 Psychology
160 Logic
170 Ethics (moral philos­ophy)
180 Ancient, medieval, Oriental philosophy
190 Modern Western philosophy

200 Religion

210 Natural theology
220 Bible
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 Social sciences

310 General statistics
320 Political science
330 Economics
340 Law
350 Public admini­str­ation
360 Social services; associ­ations
370 Education
380 Commerce, commun­ica­tions, transport
390 Customs, etiquette, folklore
 

Sample Coding

400 Language

410 Lingui­stics
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

500 Natural sciences & mathem­atics

510 Mathem­atics
520 Astronomy & allied sciences
530 Physics
540 Chemistry & allied sciences
550 Earth sciences
560 Paleon­tology, paleoz­oology
570 Life sciences
580 Botanical sciences
590 Zoological sciences

600 Technology (applied sciences)

610 Medical sciences and medicine
620 Engine­ering & allied operations
630 Agricu­lture
640 Home economics & family living
650 Management & auxiliary services
660 Chemical engine­ering
670 Manufa­cturing
680 Manufa­cture for specific uses
690 Buildings

700 The arts 800 Literature & rhetoric

710 Civic & landscape art
720 Archit­ecture
730 Plastic arts, sculpture
740 Drawing & decorative arts
750 Painting & paintings (museums)
760 Graphic arts, printm­aking & prints, postage stamps
770 Photog­raphy & photog­raphs
780 Music
790 Recrea­tional & performing arts

800 Literature & rhetoric

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 Geography & 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

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