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Dewey Decimal Classification System

includes tips using geography

The numbers to remember

  • 3 - Ancient World
  • 4 - Europe
  • 5 - Asia
  • 6 - Africa
  • 7 - North America
  • 8 - South America
  • 9 - Pacific islands+

If a Dewey number includes 09 as the last two digits before the decimal or a 9 somewhere after the decimal point followed by a sequence of digits, the subsequent numbers probably refer to a geographic treatment of the subject, e.g.,

- 209.73 - religion in the United States
- 709.32 - art in ancient Egypt
- 353.9759 - Florida government
- 641.5952 - Japanese cooking

Languages & Dictionaries

Other languages 490
5 Languages of East & Southeast Asia 495
6 African languages 496
7 North American native languages 497
8 South American native languages 498
9 Austronesian & other languages 499

Literature

Literatures of other languages 890
5 Literatures of East & Southeast Asia 895
6 African literatures 896
7 North American native literatures 897
8 South American native literatures 898
9 Austronesian & other literatures 899

Geography, Travel and History

Geography of & Travel in History of
3 Ancient World 913 930
4 Europe 914 940
5 Asia 915 950
6 Africa 916 960
7 North America 917 970
7.3 United States 917.3 973
7.5 Southeastern United States 917.5 975
7.59 Florida 917.59 975.9
7.5924 Orange County, Florida 917.5924 975.924
8 South America 918 980
9 Pacific 919 990

Food & Cooking

4 European cuisines 641.594
5 Asian 641.595
6 African 641.596
7 North American 641.597
7.5 U.S. Southern 641.5975
8 South American 641.598
9 Pacific 641.599

Art History and Painting

Art History Painting
3 Ancient World 709.3 759.93
4 Europe 709.4 759.94
5 Asia 709.5 759.95
6 Africa 709.6 759.96
7 North America 709.7 759.97
7.5 U.S. South 709.75 759.975
7.59 Florida 709.759 759.9759
8 South America 709.8 759.98
9 Pacific 709.9 759.99