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Dewey Decimal Classification System

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Commonly Used Numbers

001.9                  Unexplained, UFO’s, Bigfoot, etc.

004 – 006          Computers

030                     Encyclopedias (032 – Guinness Records)

070                     Journalism (070.5 Desktop Publishing)

100                     Philosophy

130                     Paranormal, Dreams, Witches, New Age, Astrology, etc.

150                     Psychology (154.6 – Dreams; 155.4 – Children; 155.937 – Grief/Death; 158 – Self-improvement)

170                     Ethics, Animal Rights, Euthanasia

180 – 199          Philosophy

200                     Religion (289.7 – Amish; 290 – Non-Christian Religions, Mythology, Cults)

300                     Social Sciences (301.451 – Ethnic Groups)

305 – 306          Social/Family Relationships, Divorce, Single-Parenting (306.88 – Grief & Dealing with Death)

310                     Statistics, Almanacs, Population

320                     Political Science (323.6 – U.S. Citizenship)

330                     Economics, Communism

331                     Jobs, Careers

332                     Finance, Investments, Mutual Funds

333                     Real Estate

336                     Taxes

340                     Law (346-347 – Divorce, Wills, Living Trusts, Power of Attorney, Bankruptcy, Probate)

350                     Government, Civil Service

355 – 359          Military, ASVAB

361                     Fundraising, Foundations, Grants

362                     AIDS, Suicide, Alcohol/Drug Abuse, Day Care, Adoption, Child/Spouse Abuse, Date Rape

363                     Environment, Recycling, Acid Rain

363.46               Abortion

364                     Crime, Assassinations, Murders, Death Penalty

368                     Insurance

370                     Education, Home Learning, Reading

373                     GED (also 300.76, 428.2, 500.76, 510.76, 700.76)

378                     Colleges, SAT, ACT, GRE, CLAST, Scholarships

380                     Transportation, Post Office Exams, Railroads, Lighthouses, Airlines

391                     Costume, Folk Dress, Fashion

394                     Anniversaries, Holidays, Christmas, Customs

395                     Etiquette/Manners, Weddings

398                     Folklore, Legends, Fairytales

400 – 429          Dictionaries, Grammar, ESL/TOEFL (419 – Sign Language)

430 – 499          Foreign Languages (German, French, Italian, Spanish, etc.)

500                     Natural Sciences

510                     Mathematics, Algebra, Decimals, Fractions, etc.

520                     Astronomy, Space, Planets, Constellations

530                     Physics, Sound, Light, Electricity, Magnetism

540                     Chemistry

550                     Earth Sciences, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Oceans, Weather, Rocks & Minerals

560                     Fossils, Dinosaurs

570                     Biology, Evolution (574.5 – Rain Forests)

580                     Botany, Herbs, Trees, Plants

590                     Animals (595.7 – Insects; 597.9 – Reptiles; 598 – Birds; 599 – Mammals)

600 – 609          Technology, Inventions, Patents (604 – Blueprints)

610                     Medicine (610.73 – Nurses)

612.6                  Pregnancy/Child Birth

613                     Health, Nutrition, Fitness

615                     Prescription Drugs, Natural Healing, Acupuncture

616                     Diseases (.1 – Heart; .85 – Anorexia, Depression; .89 – Mental Disorders, Alzheimer’s; .9 – AIDS, Cancer)

617                     Miscellaneous Medical (.56 – Back; .58 – Feet; .6 – Dentistry; .7 – Vision; .8 – Hearing)

618                     Gynecology, Pregnancy/Child Birth, Children’s Health

620                     Engineering (621.3 – Electricity, Electronics, Computer & VCR Maintenance/Repair)

621.4                  Lawnmowers, Internal Combustion Engines (623.8 – Outboard Motors)

629.1                  Paper Airplanes, Pilots, Air Traffic Controllers

629.2                  Automobile Repair (Chilton’s)

635                     Gardening, Hydroponics, Roses, Orchids, Citrus

636                     Pets:  Horses, Birds, Dogs, Cats, Fish (639 – Earthworms)

640                     Family Budgets, Clutter, Time Management

641.5                  Cooking (.563 – Special Diets; .59 – Regional; .6 – Specific Ingredients, e.g., Fish)

642                     Entertaining, Catering, Napkin Folding

643                     House Buying, Remodeling, Home Repair

646                     Sewing, Clothes, Draperies, Hair Cutting, Cosmetics

647                     Apartment Management, Hotels/Motels, Bed & Breakfasts, Restaurants

648                     Cleaning, Stain Removal, Insect Pests

649                     Child Development, Baby Care, Discipline

650                     Business, MBA Schools (650.14 – Resumes, Cover Letters, Job Hunting, Interviews)

651                     Business Communication, Secretaries, Business Letters

652                     Typing, Word Processing (653 – Shorthand)

657                     CPA, Accounting, Bookkeeping, Financial Reports

658                     Starting a Business, Entrepreneurs, Financing, Management, Interviewing

658.8                  Marketing, Sales, Franchising

659                     Advertising, Fashion Modeling

683                     Clocks, Guns, Appliance Repair

684                     Woodworking, Furniture Making, Upholstery

690                     Construction, Home Building, Swimming Pools, Carpentry, Plumbing, Air Conditioning

700                     Arts (709 – Art History)

710                     Landscaping

720                     Architecture (728 – House Plans)

730                     Sculpture (736.9 – Origami; 737.4 – Coin Collecting)

741.5                  Cartoons (743 – Drawing; 745.1 – Antiques, Collectibles)

745.5                  Crafts, Paper Airplanes, Balloons, Toys, Dolls (745.594 – Christmas Crafts, Wreaths)

745.6                  Calligraphy (745.9 – Flower Arranging, Potpourri)

746                     Needlework:  Macrame, Knitting, Needlepoint, Cross Stitch, Quilts

747                     Decorating, Interior Design

748                     Depression Glass, Stained Glass, Bottles

749                     Furniture (History, Antique)

751                     Painting Techniques (e.g., Watercolors)

759                     Painting Styles, Artists (by Country, Period – e.g., French Renaissance)

769                     Baseball Cards, Stamp Collecting

770                     Photography

780                     Music (780.92 & 784.092 – Musicians, Biographies; 787 – Musical Instruments)

791 – 792          Acting, Clowning (791.43 – Actors & Actresses, Movies; 791.45 – Television Shows)

792.8                  Ballet

793                     Parties, Showers, Balloon Sculpture, Party Games, Dancing (Ballroom, Folk, etc.),

                                  Role-playing Games (e.g., Dungeons & Dragons), Magic

794                     Indoor Games, Chess, Billiards, Computer Games (e.g., Nintendo), Gambling, Cards

796                     Sports (.32 – Basketball; .33 – Football; .34 – Tennis; .352 – Golf;

                                  .357 – Baseball; .41 – Weight Lifting; .42 – Track & Field, Olympics)

796.5                  Camping, Hiking

796.7                  Motor Racing (cars, motorcycles, motocross)

796.8                  Martial Arts, Boxing, Wrestling, Judo, Karate, etc.

797                     Boating, Canoeing, Swimming (797.5 – Air Sports, Flying, Ballooning, Skydiving)

798                     Horsemanship, Racing, Betting (799 – Fishing, Hunting)

800                     Literature

808                     Writing, Getting Published, Style Manuals, Public Speaking (808.8 – Quotations)

810                     American Literature (811 – Poetry, Haiku; 812 – Drama, Plays; 813 – Literary Criticisms)

814, 817, 818   Essays, Humor, Jokes (e.g., Robert Fulghum, Dave Barry, Erma Bombeck, Lewis Grizzard)

820                     English Poetry, Drama, etc. (822.3 – Shakespeare)

830 – 899          Other Literatures (by region)

900                     Geography, History (909 – World History)

910                     Geography & Travel

912                     Atlases, Maps

913 – 919          Travel & Description (913 – Ancient Civilizations, Egypt, Rome, Greece, etc.; 914 – Europe; 915 – Asia;

                                  916 – Africa; 917.1 – Canada; 917.2 – Mexico, Caribbean; 917.3 – USA; 917.59 – Florida;

                                  918 – South America; 919 – Pacific, Australia, Hawaii)

920                     Collective Biographies (923.173 – U.S. Presidents)

929                     Genealogy, Family Trees (929.4 – Baby Names; 929.9 – Flags)

930 – 999          History (by location, similar to 913 – 919, e.g., 975.9 – Florida)

                                  (940.1 – Middle Ages; 940.5 – World War II; 941 – British Royalty; 956 – Middle East;

                                  959 – Vietnam War; 970 – American Indian Tribes; 973.7 – U.S. Civil War)

 

Expanded List of Commonly Used Numbers (400's, 700's, 800's)

400 – 429     Dictionaries, Grammar, ESL/TOEFL

      419              Sign Language

 

430               German                 460         Spanish/Portuguese

440               French                   470         Latin

450               Italian                    480         Greek

 

490               Other Languages

      495              Asian Languages (.1 – Japanese; .2 – Chinese)

      496              African Languages

      497              Native American Languages

 

700               Arts

      709              Art History

 

710               Landscaping

720               Architecture

      728              House Plans

 

730               Sculpture

      736.9           Origami

      737.4           Coin Collecting

 

741.5            Cartoons

743               Drawing

 

745.1            Antiques, Collectibles

745.5            Crafts, Paper Airplanes, Balloons, Toys, Dolls (745.594 – Christmas Crafts, Wreaths)

      745.6           Calligraphy

      745.9           Flower Arranging, Potpourri

746               Needlework:  Macrame, Knitting, Needlepoint, Cross Stitch, Quilts

747               Decorating, Interior Design

748               Depression Glass, Stained Glass, Bottles

 

749               Furniture (History, Antique)

 

751               Painting Techniques (e.g., Watercolors)

 

759               Painting Styles, Artists (by Country, Period – e.g., French Renaissance)

 

769               Baseball Cards, Stamp Collecting

 

770               Photography

 

780               Music

      780.92         Classical Musicians Biographies

      784.092       Popular Musicians Biographies

      787              Musical Instruments


791 – 792     Acting, Clowning

 

      791.43         Actors & Actresses, Movies

      791.45         Television Shows

 

792.8            Ballet

 

793               Parties, Showers, Balloon Sculpture, Party Games, Dancing (Ballroom, Folk, etc.),

                          Role-playing Games (e.g., Dungeons & Dragons), Magic

 

794               Indoor Games, Chess, Billiards, Computer Games (e.g., Nintendo), Gambling, Cards

 

796               Sports

      .32               Basketball         .357        Baseball

      .33               Football            .41          Weight Lifting

      .34               Tennis               .42          Track & Field

      .352             Golf                                 Olympics

 

      796.5           Camping, Hiking

      796.7           Motor Racing (cars, motorcycles, motocross)

      796.8           Martial Arts, Boxing, Wrestling, Judo, Karate, etc.

 

797               Boating, Canoeing, Swimming

      797.5           Air Sports, Flying, Ballooning, Skydiving

798               Horsemanship, Racing, Betting

799               Fishing, Hunting

 

800               Literature

808               Writing, Getting Published, Style Manuals, Public Speaking

      808.8           Quotations

 

810               American Literature

      .5                 1900+

      .52               1900 – 1945

      .54               1945+

811               American Poetry

812               American Drama, Plays

813               American Fiction (Literary Criticism)

814, 817, 818    Essays, Humor, Jokes (e.g., Robert Fulghum, Dave Barry, Erma Bombeck, Lewis Grizzard)

 

820               English Literature

      822.3           Shakespeare

830               German Literature

840               French Literature

850               Italian Literature

860               Spanish Literature

870               Latin Literature

880               Greek Literature

890               Other Literatures