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The Theory and Practice of the Dewey Decimal Classification System, 2nd Edition

Book Description

The Dewey Decimal Classification system (DDC) is the world’s most popular library classification system. The 23rd edition of the DDC was published in 2011. This second edition of The Theory and Practice of the Dewey Decimal Classification System examines the history, management and technical aspects of the DDC up to its latest edition. The book places emphasis on explaining the structure and number building techniques in the DDC and reviews all aspects of subject analysis and number building by the most recent version of the DDC. A history of, and introduction to, the DDC is followed by subject analysis and locating class numbers, chapters covering use of the tables and subdivisions therein, multiple synthesis, and using the relative index. In the appendix, a number of academically-interesting questions are identified and answered.

  • Provides a comprehensive chronology of the DDC from its inception in 1876, to the present day
  • Describes the governance, revision machinery and updating process
  • Gives a table of all editors of the DDC

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgment
  8. List of abbreviations
  9. List of figures and tables
  10. About the author
  11. Chapter 1: A brief history of the Dewey Decimal Classification
    1. Abstract:
    2. Appendix: history of other versions of the DDC
  12. Chapter 2: Governance and revision of the DDC
    1. Abstract:
    2. Revising the classification
    3. Responsibility of revision
    4. Major revisions
    5. Methods for complete revision
    6. Implementation of the new edition
  13. Chapter 3: Introduction to the text in four volumes
    1. Abstract:
    2. Types of entries
    3. Scope and content notes
    4. Notes that explain changes or irregularities
    5. Instructions specific to a number
    6. Dots and spaces
  14. Chapter 4: Basic plan and structure
    1. Abstract:
    2. Classification by discipline
    3. Notation
    4. Division of main classes
    5. Chain structure
    6. Array structure
    7. Pattern in DDC structure
    8. Hospitality to new subjects
  15. Chapter 5: Subject analysis and locating class numbers
    1. Abstract:
    2. Determining the specific subject
    3. Title as a subject indicator
    4. Facet analysis
    5. Non-subject aspects
    6. Assigning class number
  16. Chapter 6: Tables and rules for precedence of classes
    1. Abstract:
    2. Tables of precedence
    3. Instructions
    4. Preference by specificity
    5. Publications with two or more subjects
    6. Comprehensive and interdisciplinary works
    7. Table of last resort
  17. Chapter 7: Number-building
    1. Abstract:
    2. Adding from 001–999 (a whole number from anywhere in the schedules)
    3. Adding a part of a number
    4. Adding from a main class
    5. Adding from a section
    6. Adding through a facet indicator
    7. Synthesis through internal tables
    8. Adding from Tables 1–6
  18. Chapter 8: Use of Table 1: standard subdivisions
    1. Abstract:
    2. Nomenclature
    3. Categories
    4. Characteristics of standard subdivisions
    5. How to use standard subdivisions
    6. Extending a standard subdivision by an add to instruction
    7. Extending a standard subdivision by an area number from Table 2
    8. Variations in the meaning of standard subdivisions
    9. Displaced standard subdivisions
    10. Co-occurrence of two or more standard subdivisions in a document
    11. When standard subdivisions cannot be used
  19. Chapter 9: Use of Table 2: geographical areas, historical periods and persons
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. Definition and scope
    4. How to add an area notation
    5. Adding an area without instruction
    6. Adding an area through 0 only
    7. Adding two area numbers
    8. Cases where area is already a part of the class number
    9. Area division –1
    10. Use of Table 2 with other tables
    11. Restricted range of area numbers to be added
  20. Chapter 10: Use of Table 3: subdivisions for the arts, individual literatures and for literary forms
    1. Abstract:
    2. Using Table 3A
    3. Using Tables 3B and 3C: works by more than one author writing in the same language
    4. Using Tables 2 and 5 with Table 3C
    5. Jurisdiction of Table 3
    6. Using Table 3C: outside main class 800
  21. Chapter 11: Use of Table 4 and Table 6: subdivisions of individual languages and their language families
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction to Table 4
    3. Division of main class 400
    4. Using Table 4
    5. Introduction to Table 6
    6. Using Table 6
    7. Using Table 6 with Table 4: classifying bilingual dictionaries
  22. Chapter 12: Use of Table 5: ethnic and national groups
    1. Abstract:
    2. Using Table 5 with specific instructions
    3. Extending Table 5
    4. Using zero as a facet indicator
    5. Extending Table 5 by Table 6
    6. Using Table 5 through standard subdivision –089
    7. Using Table 5 through Table 3C
  23. Chapter 13: Multiple synthesis
    1. Abstract:
    2. Examples of multiple synthesis
  24. Chapter 14: Using the relative index
    1. Abstract:
    2. The need for (and importance) of the relative index
    3. Value of the relative index
    4. Nomenclature: relative index
    5. Scope of the index
    6. Organisation of the index
    7. Reading the index
  25. Appendix 1: A broad chronology of the DDC
  26. Appendix 2: Table of DDC editors
  27. Appendix 3: Revision tutorial: questions
  28. Appendix 4: Revision tutorial: answers
  29. Glossary
  30. Bibliography
  31. Useful DDC websites
  32. Index