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April 16, 2006

Dewey Decimal Classes

The Media Center is organized using the Dewey Decimal System of Classification. Materials are arranged so users can locate them on the shelves. Call numbers are printed on labels on the spines of books to help users locate materials, and to allow us to keep materials in order on the shelves.

We use F and the first 3 letters of the author's last name for the call numbers of fiction books, even though fiction could actually be "classed" in 813 in Dewey's system.

We use SC and the first 3 letters of the author's last name for the call numbers of collections of stories, even though short stories could be "classed" in 821 in Dewey's system.

We use REF as a prefix in the call numbers to designate reference books.

For all other books (nonfiction) we use the Dewey class number and the first 3 letters of the author's last name for the call numbers. The exception is biography (921) where the 3 letters are the first 3 letters of the biographee's last name (the person about whom the book is written).

There are some Dewey numbers you should know.
292 Mythology
398 and 398.2 Folk and fairy tales
811 Poetry
920 Biography (collective)
921 Biography (individual and autobiography)
973 American History

To see a list of the Dewey Classes, Click here.

Posted by Hendrix at 09:23 PM

The Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature

Magazines, journals, and newspapers are called periodicals. A periodical is a work published on a regular basis - daily, weekly monthly, yearly. The most commonly used index for periodicals is the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature, sometimes called the Reader's Guide to Periodicals, or Reader's Guide. Periodicals offer current, up-to-date information on a wide cariety of topics. Good research always includes periodical references. To see what an entry in the Reader's Guide looks like, Click here.

Posted by Hendrix at 09:13 PM

Research Process

The research process is easily conquered by following 10 steps. Success with each step helps you present a quality research product.
Click here to view the 10 steps.

Posted by Hendrix at 09:09 PM

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