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Browsing in Non-Fiction

Through browsing the fiction shelves has long been an accepted practice, non-fiction readers tend to use the Library's online catalog and call numbers to find the works they want.

The following summary of the Dewey Decimal System is intended to help you locate non-fiction areas of general interest so that browsing non-fiction can be successful and fun as browsing the fication shelves.

Dewey Decimal Classification

Dewey Decimal Classification - The 10 Classes


000 - Generalities
100 - Philosophy and Psycholgy
200 - Religion
300 - Social Science
400 - Language
500 - Natural Sciences and Mathematics
600 - Technology (Applied Sciences)
700 - The Arts
800 - Literature and Rhetoric
900 - Geography and History



Second Summary - The 100 Divisions

000 - Generalities
010 - Bibliographies
020 - Library & Information Sciences
030 - General Encyclopedia Works
040 - Unassigned
050 - General Periodicals
060 - General Organizations
070 - Newspapers, Journalism & Publishing
080 - General Collections
090 - Manuscripts & Rare Books

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100 - Philosophy & Psychology
110 - Metaphysics
120 - Epistemology, Causation & Humankind
130 - Paranormal Phenomena
140 - Specific Philosophic Schools
150 - Psychology
160 - Logic
170 - Ethics (Moral Philosophy)
180 - Ancient, Medeval, Oriental Philosophy
190 - Modern Western Philosophy

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200 - Religion
210 - Natural Theology
220 - Bible
230 - Christian Theology
240 - Christian Moral & Devotional Theology
250 - Christian Orders & Local Church
260 - Christian Social & Ecclesiatical Theology
270 - Christian Church History
280 - Chrisitian Denominations & Sects
290 - Other Religions

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300 - The Social Sciences
310 - General Statstics
320 - Political Science
330 - Economics
340 - Law
350 - Public Administration
360 - Social Services & Association
370 - Education
380 - Commere, Communications & Transport
390 - Customs, Etiquette & Folklore

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400 - Language
410 - Linguistics
420 - English & Old English
430 - Germanic Languages
440 - Romance Languages (French)
450 - Italian & Romanian
460 - Spanish & Potuguese
470 - Italic Languages (Latin)
480 - Classical Greek
490 - Other Languages

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500 - Natural Sciences & Mathematics
510 - Mathematics
520 - Astronomy & Allied Sciences
530 - Physics
540 - Chemistry & Allied Sciences
550 - Earth Sciences
560 - Palenontology & Palezoology
570 - Life Sciences
580 - Botanical Sciences
590 - Zoological Scienes

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600 - Technology (Applied Science)
610 - Medical Sciences
620 - Engineering & Allied Operations
630 - Agriculture
640 - Home Economics & Family Living
650 - Management & Auxiliary Services
660 - Chemical Engineering
670 - Manufacturing
680 - Manufacturing for Specific Uses
690 - Buildings

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700 - The Arts
710 - Civic & Landscape Art
720 - Architecture
730 - Plastic Arts (Sculpture)
740 - Drawing & Decorative Arts
750 - Painting & Paintings
760 - Graphic Arts (Printmaking & Prints)
770 - Photography & Photographs
780 - Music
790 - Recreational & Performing Arts

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800 - Literature & Rhetoric
810 - American Literature
820 - English & Old english Literature
830 - Literature of Germanic Languages
840 - Literature of Romance Languages (French)
850 - Italian & Romanian Literature
860 - Spanish & Portuguese Literature
870 - Italic Literature (Latin)
880 - Classical Greek Literature
890 - Literature of Other Languages

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900 - General Geography & History
910 - Geography & Travel
920 - Biography & Genealogy
930 - History of the Acient World
940 - General History of Europe
950 - General History of Asis
960 - General History of Africa
970 - General History North America
980 - General History of South America
990 - General History of Other Areas

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February 2000


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