Review: Dewey Decimal Classification System PowerPoint on
Teachers Pay Teachers
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
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
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.
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