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Libraries FAQ 2.1
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Acropolis/1107

Anthony Wilson
paw@iglou.com
 
Libraries FAQ
Section 5.0 Citation & Classification  

5.1 How does the Dewey decimal Classification (DDC) work? 
5.2 What are the ten major classifications of the DDC? 
5.3 What are the twenty major classes of Library of Congress? 
5.4 What are the major Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) classes? 
5.5 What are the ten major classes of Universal Decimal
Classification? 
5.6 What other classification systems are there? 
5.7 How do I cite information I find on the Internet? 
  
 
5.1 How does the Dewey decimal Classification (DDC) work?  

There are ten main categories in DDC. These are divided into ten
subcategories, which in turn are divided into further subcategories.
The more specific the subject of the item is, the longer the number
assigned to it is. Today the classifications are the responsibility of
Forest Press.
   
5.2 What are the ten major classifications of the DDC?  

The Dewey Decimal System
000-099: General works (encyclopedias and similar works)
100-199: Philosophy and Psychology
200-299: Religion
300-399: Social Sciences
400-499: Languages (including dictionaries)
500-599: Natural science
600-699: Applied science
700-799: Arts
800-899: Literature
900-999: History, Geography and Biography 

For a further breakdown, go to the 3 summaries site on the WWW at:
http://www.oclc.org/oclc/fp/about/ddc21sm1.htm . 
 
5.3 What are the twenty major classes of Library of Congress?  

A: General works
B: Philosophy and religion 
C: History - auxiliary sciences
D: History and topography (except American) 
E-F: American history
G: Geography, anthropology, folklore, recreation 
H: Social sciences
J: Political science 
K: Law
KE: Canadian Law
KF: U.S. Law
L: Education 
M: Music 
N: Fine arts
P: Language and literature 
Q: Science 
R: Medicine 
S: Agriculture
T: Technology 
U: Military science 
V: Naval science 
Z: Bibliography and library science
See also, Matt Rosenberg's ( geography.guide@miningco.com ) Library of
Congress Classification System page at the Mining Company:
http://geography.miningco.com/library/congress/bllc.htm .
 
5.4 What are the classes of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) & Black's 
Dental Classification?  

MeSH 
QS: Human Anatomy 
QT: Physiology 
QU: Biochemistry 
QV: Pharmacology
QW: Bacteriology & Immunology 
QX: Parasitology 
QY: Clinical Pathology
QZ: Pathology 
W: Medical Profession 
WA: Public Health 
WB: Practice of Medicine 
WC: Infectious Diseases 
WD 100: Deficiency Diseases
WD 200: Metabolic Diseases 
WD 300: Diseases of Allergy 
WD 400: Animal Poisoning 
WD 500: Plant Poisoning 
WD 600: Diseases Caused by Physical Agents 
WE: Musculoskeletal System 
WF: Respiratory System
WG: Cardiovascular System 
WH: Hemic amp; Lymphatic Systems
WI: Gastrointestinal System 
WJ: Urogenital System 
WK: Endocrine System
WL: Nervous System 
WM: Psychiatry 
WN: Radiology 
WO: Surgery 
WP: Gynecology
WQ: Obstetrics 
WR: Dermatology 
WS: Pediatrics 
WT: Geriatrics. Chronic Disease 
WU: Dentistry. Oral Surgery 
WV: Otorhinolaryngology
WW: Opthalmology 
WX: Hospitals 
WY: Nursing 
WZ: History of Medicine 

Black's Dental Classification
D Dentistry in general
D01-09 Form numbers
D1-17 Basic sciences
D2-29 Operative dentistry
D3-38 Prosthetic dentistry
D4-47 Orthodontics
D5-59 Dental health
D6-69 Oral pathology
D7-79 Oral surgery
D8-89 Dental practice and management
D9-95 Anesthesia 
 
5.5 What are the ten major classes of Universal Decimal
Classification?  

0: Generalities. Science and Knowledge Organization. Information
Documentation. Librarianship. Institutions. Publications.
1: Philosophy and psychology
2 : Religion and theology
3 : Social sciences; Statistics; Politics; Economics; Trade; Law;
Governments; Military affairs; Welfare; Insurance; Education; Folklore
4 : [vacant]
5 : Mathematics and natural sciences
6 : Applied Sciences
7 : The Arts. Recreation. Entertainment. Sport
8 : Language. Linguistics. Literature
9 : Geography. Biography. History 
  
 
5.6 What other classification (or subject heading) systems are there?


In Canada, Canadian Subject Headings, see
http://130.15.161.74/techserv/cat/Sect03/c03c35.html is often used.
Sears is another classification system.
 
Randall W. Scott at Michigan State University Libraries has developed
a schedule (which he uses in conjunction with LCSH) for sequential art
material (i.e. comic books and strips). This appeared in his _Comics
Librarianship: A Handbook_(Jefferson: McFarland, 1990). For more
information on it, e-mail him at scottr@pilot.msu.edu or check out his
homepage at http://www.lib.msu.edu/comics/index.htm .

Information on David Elazar's "A Classification System for Libraries
of Judaica" can be found at his home page:
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Acropolis/6527/index.html 

5.7 How do I cite information I find on the Internet?  

As yet, there is no agreed upon method of citing Internet sources, but
most proposals are based on the MLA and APA styles of citation. Ann
Robinson's "Citing Internet Sources" page,
http://tigger.cc.uic.edu/~aerobin/citing.html , has links to several
sites which discuss citation formats. For a critique of some of the
proposed methods of Internet citation, and suggestions for a better
model, see Andrew Harnack and Gene Kleppinger's "Beyond the MLA
Handbook", http://falcon.eku.edu/honors/beyond-mla/ 

Some examples of Internet citation: 

In the MLA style
Wilson, Anthony. Libraries FAQ. v. 1.5. Online. Available:
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Acropolis/1107/index.html. Feb. 16,
1997. 

In the APA style
Wilson, Anthony (1996). Libraries FAQ. (v. 1.5), [Online]. Available:
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Acropolis/1107/index.html. [Feb.16,
1997]. 

For a detailed and authoritative discussion on Internet citation,
consult:
Li, Xia, and Nancy Crane. Electronic Style: A Guide to Citing
Electronic Information. Westport: Meckler, 1993.
http://www.uvm.edu/~ncrane/estyles/ 

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