The Dewey Decimal Classification System PowerPoint is a free download available on Teachers Pay Teachers. The presentation gives an overview of the cataloging system and teaches the methodology behind it. While it can be easy to go to a library computer station to do a search for books on a specific topic or keyword, some people would appreciate knowing more about why the books are located where they are.
The Dewey Decimal System is a numerical system that determines a book’s category and then assigns it a number. Books are then shelved in order. But because each number is a code, books pertaining to the same or similar topics are located near each other, making it easier to find relevant materials.
It could be particularly helpful to be familiar with how the Dewey system works. Sometimes you only have an inkling of what you’re looking for, your research is covering a vast expanse of topics that can’t easily be reduced to one stop at a single shelf and returning to the computer over and over is getting old, or your initial interest is too broad to make a computer search useful.
Generally speaking, library navigation skills are not a bad thing to have. And if you have the spare brain power and the inclination, you could become “that guy” (or “that gal”) – you know, the one who knows random stuff like the general structure of the Dewey system.
You can download your own copy of the Dewey Decimal Classification System PowerPoint here.
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