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DDC 23rd Edition

About DDC 23rd Edition


DDC 23, the four-volume unabridged edition of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system, reflects the many changes to the body of human knowledge that have occurred since DDC 22 was published in 2003. Published in mid-2011, DDC 23 includes helpful tools that make the classification easier to use, including an introduction, a glossary and a list of new features. Each of these tools will help to better understand how the DDC organizes knowledge into a classification that is useful to library users world wide. The DDC 23 Introduction is a full reprint from volume 1 of DDC 23, provides a detailed overview of the DDC, including basic terminology and an explanation of DDC structure, complete with many helpful examples. The various features of DDC 23rd Editions are:DDC

  1. New provisions in 004–006 Computer science and else where to reflect changes in technology;
  2. Updates to provisions for the Orthodox Church and Islam in 200 Religion;
  3. Improved provisions in 340 Law for legal systems based on civil law;
  4. Updated provisions for food and clothing;
  5. Updates to 740 Graphic arts and decorative arts;
  6. A new location and expanded development for cinematography and video graphy at777;
  7. Significant expansions throughout 796 Athletic and outdoor sports and games;
  8. Significant expansions in Table 2, with parallel provisions in 930–990, for the ancient world, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Turkey, Indonesia, Vietnam and Canada;
  9. Updated historical periods throughout 930–990.

The Ten Main Classes of DDC 23 edition is:

  1. 000 Computer science, information & general works
  2. 100 Philosophy & psychology
  3. 200 Religion
  4. 300 Social sciences
  5. 400 Language
  6. 500 Science
  7. 600 Technology
  8. 700 Arts & recreation
  9. 800 Literature
  10. 900 History & geography

The Six tables of DDC 23 editions are:

  1. Table 1: Standard Subdivisions;
  2. Table 2: Geographic Areas, Historical Periods, Biography;
  3. Table 3: A-CSubdivisions for Arts, for IndividualLiteratures, for Specific Literary Forms;
  4. Table 4: Subdivisions of Individual Languages and Language Families;
  5. Table 5: Ethnic and National GroupsTable 6Languages.
  6. Table 6: Languages.

References: (This document is collected from materials available from online/web and organize here for LIS students)

  1. KRISHAN KUMAR. Theory of classification. 1993. Vikas Publishing; New Delhi. p1.
  2. SHARMA (C D). Use of libraries: A guide to better use of libraries and their resources. 1978. Metropolitan Book; New Delhi. p-120.
  3. SHARMA (C D). Op. cit., p 121.
  4. KRISHAN KUMAR. Op. cit., p 4.
  5. INDIRA GANDHI NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY (IGNOU). Unit 2: Needand purpose of library classification. IGNOU; New Delhi. p 26.
  6. DUTTA (Dwijendranath). Library classification: Theory and practice. 1962. The Western Book Depot; Nagpur. p 48.
  7. RAJU (Addepali Appala Narasimha). Dewey decimal classification (DDC 20): Theory and practice: A practical and self instructional manual. 1995. T.R. Publications; Madras. p 4.
  8. CHOWDHURY (G G). Introduction to modern information retrieval. Ed. 3. 2004. Facet Publishing; London. p 89.

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Md. Ashikuzzaman

Work at North South University Library, Bangladesh.

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    1. Hello Mr. Misha Gireesh,
      Thanks for your query. Yes, you can do classification through the web dewey. You can try free trial for checking this system. For this visit http://dewey.org/webdewey/login/login.html;jsessionid=944158CD17AA2F88C4262959A05765AF this link and resuster for trial as a librarian or assistant librarian. Otherwise they will not approve your trial request. If you doing so, system will sent you a user id and passwor, and then you may able to check this system for one month.

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