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Dewey Decimal System

The Dewey Decimal System is an organization tool that is used by libraries to classify general knowledge. The Dewey Decimal Classification System (known as the DDC) was created by Melvil Dewey and was first published in 1876. It has been revised and updated continuously since that time.

The essential element of the system is that general knowlege subjects are organized by discipline, or field of study, and assigned a number. This number, which is placed on the spine of the book, and also in the library catalog, allows books to be organized on the shelves numerically for easy access. It also makes it possible for library patrons to browse the shelves looking for books in their particular interest areas, because books on similar topics are grouped together.

Libraries in more than 135 countries use the DDC, which make it the most widely used classification system in the world.

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