ETL 505 Assignment 2 Part B Dewey Decimal Classification Exercises

Assignment 2 Part B Dewey Decimal Classification Exercises

(20 Marks, 2 marks per item)

These ten items can be found in the SCIS catalogue (SCIS OPAC) and thus, school libraries around Australia and New Zealand that use these resources. The title of each item, its ISBN, and the SCIS Call Number (DDC 22 or 23) are given below. On each catalogue record, locate the full (not abridged) classification number assigned using DDC23 (or DDC22) and section 3, Classification, of SCIS Standards for Cataloguing and Data Entry. Label each level of the number. Determine how the SCIS call number was created by using WebDewey to identify the classification number that DDC would have assigned (drawing on the information given on, and with, the catalogue record, including the subject headings, to determine what the work is about) and then using the SCIS standards, section 3, Classification to see how that number was adapted (or note) by SCIS. It will also be helpful to note and/or consider what number Trove would assign to the resource so you can identify the important rules and nuances followed by SCIS to create the entire call number. Write up the process. Carefully read the marking criteria for this section as well.

(Approximately 100 words per item.)

Provide a reference list of tools used and works consulted in one list for all at the end of the assignment.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________My marks

Item 1

Trailblazers : The Road to Equality

ISBN 9780642368515

SCIS Call Number: 305.42092 OSU (DDC 22)

302 – 307 – Specific topics in sociology and anthropology

305 – Groups of people

305.4 – Women

305.42 – Social role and status of women

305.4209 – Feminism–history

305.42092 – Feminists–biography

This work is made up of biographies about legendary women of Australia who were a critical influence on women’s social reform. Trove states the call number for this item as 305.42 as opposed to SCIS which has added a T1 092 – biography which confirms ‘Class here treatment of individuals‘. This is an appropriate addition as stated before, this work is compiled of four individual biographies, each as important as the other. Therefore SCIS has referred tot he standards set out in 3:E18, where a collected biography about a number of persons should be classed within the period of history in which they belong as the base number and then the subdivision 0922 should be notated from table one (Education Services Australia, 2013).

Item 2

Sense, Shape, Symbol : An Investigation of Australian Poetry

ISBN 9781921085857

SCIS Call Number: A821.009 SEN (DDC 23)

821 – 828 – Subdivisions for specific forms of English literature

821 – English poetry

821.009 – English poetry–history and criticism

This item is about the important influence in the development of Australian poetry that five poets played. Trove assigned the dewey number 808.1 – Rhetoric of poetry. This however would lead to a far broader range of resources and is therefore not specific nor suitable for this item which is Australian based. Therefore according to the SCIS standards at 3:E17, “use A820–828 for English-language literature of Australia” (Education Services Australia, 2013, p.3-33). Though in webdewey it does build the number to be 821.00994 – English & Old English literatures–poetry—Australia. However, the A used in conjunction with the SCIS standards applies this addition without having to longate the call number.

 Item 3

Johnny Cash : I See a Darkness

ISBN 9781906838072

SCIS Call Number: 782.421642 KLE (DDC 22)

782 – Vocal Music

782.1 – 782.4 – Vocal forms

782.4 – Secular forms

782.42 – Songs

782.42164 – Western popular songs

782.421642 – Country and western music–songs

Trove has assigned the dewey number 782.421642092 as …092 would make reference to a biography. SCIS however has omitted this as the resource itself is not a biography in its entirety, it only makes references. At SCIS standard 3:E2, graphic fiction is considered a special format. The editor’s recommendation at 741.5 aren’t followed because the SCIS standards state that it should only be used for graphic fiction that form a narrative, which this clearly does not so therefore would be classed in its genre of music/art.

Item 4

Nyoongar Dictionary : A List of Nyoongar Words of the South-West of Western Australia with Special Emphasis on the Mode of Language Commonly Used in the North-Eastern (Yued/Yuat) Area

ISBN 9781741312331

SCIS Call Number: 499.15 ROO

499/ – Non-Austronesian languages of Oceania, Austronesian languages, miscellaneous languages

499/.1 – Awbono language, . . .

499/.15 Aboriginal Australian languages

SCIS policy at 3:E6 is to class all bilingual dictionaries where English is one of the languages, with the other language. The SCIS standards at 3:E13 states ‘499.15 p. 983. Add to the base number notation 01–08 from Table 4’ (Education Services Australia, 2013, p.3-27). Trove has allocated T1 –03 at the end of the call number to label the resource dictionaries, encyclopedias, concordances. However is accordance with the SCIS instruction at table 4, T4 – 03 Encyclopedias and concordances would be applied, thought there is obviously not much variation between the two. However the SCIS call number has omitted this subdivision. It can be assumed that they did this with reference tot he standards laid out in 3:D4, appropriateness: useful and sensible grouping. Clearly SCIS did not deem it to be appropriate to add the subdivision that Trove has. It should also be noted that, „Standard subdivisions should not be used where redundant, i.e., where the subdivision means the same as the base number” (OCLC, 2015).

Item 5

Making Sense: Small-group Comprehension Lessons for English Language Learners

ISBN 1571104097

SCIS Call Number: 428.24071 KEN (DEC 22)

421 – 428 – Subdivisions of English

428 – Standard English usage (Prescriptive linguistics)

428.2 – English language–grammar–prescriptive approach, . . .

428.2/4 – English as a second language–applied linguistics–formal approach

428.2/4 – English & Old English languages–structural approach to expression for people whose native language is different

428.2/4071 – English & Old English languages–structural approach to expression for people whose native language is different–education

The primary subject within this resource is education and how to best teach English learners. Class comprehensive works on education and research in T1 – 071. The SCIS classification has been built in accordance with the principle of hierarchy (Education Services Australia, 2013, p.3-6).

Item 6

Food Lover’s Guide to the World: Experience the Great Global Cuisines

ISBN 9781743210208

SCIS Call Number: 641.3 FOO (DEC 23)

641 – Food and drink

641.3 – Food

Trove has allocated the dewey number 910.202 for this resource as opposed to SCIS allocation of 641.3. The dewey number 910.202 assigned by Trove is subject to world travel guides only with no reference to food, yet as SCIS has clearly noted, the contents of the resource is entirely about food from around the world, it makes reference to food lover’s guide to the world. Therefore SCIS has assigned the dewey number 641.3 appropriately in relation to the subject headings this resource has been allotted. This dewey number confirms that notational hierarchy has been considered, ‘food’ is subordinate to ‘food and drink’ as it is more specific (OCLC, 2015, 4.19).

Item 7

Filipino Celebrations: A Treasury of Feasts and Festivals

ISBN 9780804838214

SCIS Call Number: 394.269599 ROM

394 – General customs

394.2 – Special occasions

394.26 – Holidays

394.269 – History, geographic treatment, biography

394.269599 – History, geographic treatment, biography–Philippines

Both Trove and SCIS agree on this dewey number. This resource is for young children to teach them through illustrations and age appropriate information about the traditions, celebrations and customs in the Phillippines. As set out by the SCIS standards at 3:D4, T2, 599 ‘Phillipines’ has been added, as cataloguers will only add the notation from the country (Education Services Australia, 2013, p.3-7). This SCIS number is also within the appropriate number limit of 9 digits.

Item 8

The World of Angry Birds: Official Guide

ISBN 9781409392699

SCIS Call Number: 793.932 SCO (DEC 22)

793 – Indoor games and amusements

793.9 – Other indoor diversions

793.93 – Adventure games

793.93/2 – Computer adventure games

Trove has assigned the dewey number 794.8, Electronic games which broadens the search inquiry. SCIS has narrowed the call number to be more specific the dewey number allocated by SCIS is deemed more appropriate, (as seen in 3:D4 of the SCIS standards) computer adventure games, when considering the subject headings assigned.

Item 9

Earth’s Hottest Place : And Other Earth Science Records

ISBN 9781476502571

SCIS Call Number: 550 RUS (DEC 23)

550 – Earth Sciences & Geology

550 – Earth Sciences

This resource is all about the Earth, what’s in it, on it etc. SCIS has used caution when creating this call number and has done so by considering the appropriateness and table 2 number reduction at standards 3:D4 (Education Services Australia, 2013). SCIS has followed the first and second principle of useful and sensible grouping when considering the dewey number for this resource. There is no need to add an additional subdivision as the base number itself is sufficient at defining the material that aligns appropriately with the subject headings given.

Item 10

Owen & Mzee : the true story of a remarkable friendship

ISBN 0439829739

SCIS Call Number: 599.635139 HAT (DEC 22)

592 – 599 – Specific taxonomic groups of animals

599 – *Mammalia (Mammals)

599.3 – 599.9 – Eutheria (Placental mammals)

599.6 – *Ungulates

599.63 – *Artiodactyla (Even-toed ungulates)

599.63/5 – *Hippopotamidae (Hippopotamuses)

599.63/5139 – Hippopotamidae (Hippopotamuses)–general topics of natural history of animals–age characteristics

There is no variation between SCIS and Trove in the decision for this dewey number. This resource is clearly subject to notational hierarchy (OCLC, 2015). “Artiodactyla ” and ” Hippopotamidae ” are more specific than (i.e., are subordinate to) ” Mammalia (Mammals)”; they are equally specific as (i.e., are coordinate with) each other; and ” Mammalia (Mammals)” is less specific than (i.e., is superordinate to) “Artiodactyla ” and ” Hippopotamidae ” (OCLC, 2015).


Education Services Australia, (2013). SCIS Standards for Cataloguing and Data Entry. Retrieved from

OCLC,. (2015). Introduction to Dewey Decimal Classification. Retrieved from


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