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The Theory and Practice of the Dewey Decimal Classification System


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A brief history of the Dewey Decimal Classiccation; Governance and revision of the DDC; Introduction to the text in four volumes; Basic plan and structure; Subject analysis and locating class numbers; Tables and rules for precedence of classes; Number-building; Use of Table 1: standard subdivisions; Use of Table 2: geographical areas, historical periods and persons; Use of Table 3: subdivisions for the arts, individual literatures and for literary forms; Use of Table 4 and Table 6: subdivisions of individual languages and their language families; Use of Table 5: ethnic and national groups; Multiple synthesis; Using the relative index.

About the Author

M. P. Satija is a Professor of Library and Information Science at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India. He has been writing about the DDC and other related areas in knowledge organization, in international journals, for the last two decades. He has collaborated with the two successive chief editors of the DDC, and is the Indian Coordinator of the International Society for Knowledge Organization.


"This second edition discusses the 23rd edition (DDC23)...One difference in the two editions is each chapter in the second edition begins with an abstract of the chapter and a list of key words."--Technicalities "...essentially an updating of the first edition. lt is 102 pages longer than the first edition, which is parti y due to the larger typeface in the second edition and a better design of the content." --Technicalities, Jul-Aug 2014 "...a very thorough and methodical work that goes beyond merely explaining the process of assigning numbers to explaining which procedure to follow in the case of specialised subjects with multiple topics...factual and informative without being dry."--Australian Library Journal, Vol 63, No 4

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