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Classification Systems

Most books in the library are organized by two classification systems:  Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress.  The Dewey Decimal books have a call number that starts with a number (ex. 142.780973 C826e) and are located on the second floor of the library; the Library of Congress books have a call number that starts with a letter (ex. PS3608.O832 K58 2003) and are located in the basement. 

You can find a book's call number and information about whether or not it is at Davidson and available by searching for it in Davidson Library WorldCat:

A screenshot of search results in WorldCat indicating whether the item is located at Davidson

Information on this page provides more information about the classification systems and will help you locate print books in the library.  If you can't find what you're looking for, please don't hesitate to ask a librarian.

A. General Works

  • AC. Collections, Series, Collected Works
  • AE. Encyclopedias (General)
  • AG. Dictionaries and Other General Reference Works
  • AI. Indexes
  • AM. Museums, Collectors and Collecting
  • AN. Newspapers
  • AP. Periodicals
  • AS. Academies and Learned Societies
  • AY. Yearbooks, Almanacs, Directories
  • AZ. History of Scholarship and Learning

B. Philosophy, Psychology, and Religion

  • B. History and Systems of Philosophy
  • BC. Logic
  • BD. Metaphysics, Speculative Philosophy
  • BF. Psychology
  • BH. Aesthetics
  • BJ. Ethics
  • BL. Religions, Mythology, Rationalism
  • BM. Judaism
  • BP. Islam, Baha'ism, Theosophy
  • BQ. Buddhism
  • BR-BX. Christianity

C. Auxiliary Sciences of History

  • C. Auxiliary Sciences of History (General)
  • CB. History of Civilization (General)
  • CC. Archaeology
  • CD. Diplomatics, Archives
  • CE. Technical Chronology, Calendars
  • CJ. Numismatics
  • CN. Inscriptions, Epigraphy
  • CR. Heraldry
  • CS. Genealogy
  • CT. Biography

D. History: General and Old World

  • D. History (General)
  • DA. Great Britain
  • DAW. Central Europe
  • DB. Austria, Liechtenstein, Hungary, Czech Republic
  • DC. France, Andorra, Monaco
  • DD. Germany
  • DE. Mediterranean Region
  • DF. Greece
  • DG. Italy, Malta
  • DH-DJ. Low Countries, Benelux Countries, Netherlands
  • DJK. Eastern Europe (General)
  • DK. Russia, Soviet Union, Former Soviet Republics, Poland
  • DP. Spain, Portugal
  • DQ. Switzerland
  • DR. Balkan Peninsula
  • DS. Asia
  • DT. Africa
  • DU. Oceania (South Seas)
  • DX. Romanies

E. History: Americas (General)

  • E11-143. America (General)
  • E151-185.98. United States (General)
  • E186-199. Colonial History (1607-1775)
  • E201-298. The Revolution (1775-1783)
  • E300-453. Revolution to the Civil War (1783-1861)
  • E456-655. Civil War Period (1861-1865)
  • E660-738. Late Nineteenth Century (1865-1900)
  • E740-837.7. Twentieth Century (1900-1961)
  • E838-889. Later Twentieth Century (1961-2000)
  • E895-904. Twenty-First Century

F. History: Americas (Local)

  • F. United States Local History
  • F1-105. New England
  • F106-205. Atlantic Coast, Middle Atlantic States
  • F206-295. The South, South Atlantic States
  • F251-265. North Carolina
  • F296-395. Gulf States
  • F396-475. Old Southwest, Lower Mississippi Valley
  • F476-590. Old Northwest, Northwest Territory
  • F590.3-705. The West, Trans-Mississippi Region, Great Plains
  • F721-785. Rocky Mountains, Yellowstone National Park
  • F786-850. New Southwest, Colorado River, Canyon, and Valley
  • F850.5-951. Pacific States
  • F965-975. Territories and Insular Possessions of the United States
  • F10001-1145.2 British America (including Canada), Dutch America
  • F1170. French America
  • F1201-3799. Latin America, Spanish America

G. Geography and Anthropology

  • G. Geography (General), Atlases, Maps
  • GA. Mathematical Geography, Cartography
  • GB. Physical Geography
  • GC. Oceanography
  • DG. Environmental Sciences
  • GF. Human Ecology, Anthropogeography
  • GN. Anthropology
  • GR. Folklore
  • GT. Manners and Customs
  • GV. Recreation and Leisure

H. Social Sciences and Business

  • H. Social Sciences (General)
  • HA. Statistics
  • HB. Economic Theory
  • HC. Economic History and Conditions
  • HD. Industries, Land Use, Labor
  • HE. Transportation and Communication
  • HF. Commerce
  • HG-HJ. Finance
  • HM. Sociology (General)
  • HN. Social History and Conditions, Social Problems, Social Reform
  • HQ. The Family, Marriage, Women
  • HS. Societies: Secret, Benevolent, etc.
  • HT. Communities, Classes, Races
  • HV. Social Pathology, Social and Public Welfare, Criminology
  • H. Socialism, Communism, Anarchism

J. Political Science

  • J. General Legislative and Executive Papers
  • JA. Political Science (General)
  • JC. Political Theory
  • JF-JQ. Political Institutions and Public Administration
  • JS. Local Government and Municipal Government
  • JV. Colonies and Colonization, Emigration and Immigration, Internal Migration
  • JZ. International Relations

K. Law

  • K. Law in General, Comparative and Uniform Law, Jurisprudence
  • KB. Religious Law in General, Comparative Religious Law, Jurisprudence
  • KBM. Jewish Law
  • KBP. Islamic Law
  • KBR. History of Canon Law
  • KBU. Law of the Roman Catholic Church, The Holy See
  • KD-KDK. America, North America
  • KE. Canada
  • KF. United States
  • KG. Latin America, Mexico and Central America, West Indies, Caribbean Area
  • KH. South America
  • KJ-KKZ. Europe
  • KL-KWX. Asia and Eurasia, Africa, Pacific Area, and Antarctica
  • KZ. Law of Nations

L. Education

  • L. Education (General)
  • LA. History of Education
  • LB. Theory and Practice of Education
  • LC. Special Aspects of Education
  • LD-LG. Individual Institutions
  • LH. College and School Magazines and Papers
  • LJ. Student Fraternities and Societies: Unites States
  • LT. Textbooks

M. Music

  • M. Music
  • ML. Literature on Music
  • MT. Instruction and Study

N. Fine Arts

  • N. Visual Arts
  • NA. Architecture
  • NB. Sculpture
  • NC. Drawing, Design, Illustration
  • ND. Painting
  • NE. Print Media
  • NK. Decorative Arts
  • NX. Arts in General

P. Language and Literature

  • P. Philology and Linguistics
  • PA. Greek and Latin Languages and Literature
  • PB-PH. Modern European Languages
  • PJ-PL. Oriental Languages and Literature
  • PM. Hyperborean, Indian, and Artificial Languages
  • PN. Literature (General)
  • PQ. French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese Literature
  • PR. English Literature
  • PS. American Literature
  • PT. Germanic Literature
  • PZ. Fiction and Juvenile Belles Lettres

Q. Science and Mathematics

  • Q. Science (General)
  • QA. Mathematics and Computer Science
  • QB. Astronomy
  • QC. Physics
  • QD. Chemistry
  • QE. Geology
  • QH. Natural History, Biology
  • QK. Botany
  • QL. Zoology
  • QM. Human Anatomy
  • QP. Physiology
  • QR. Microbiology

R. Medicine

  • R. Medicine (General)
  • RA. Public Aspects of Medicine
  • RB. Pathology
  • RC. Internal Medicine
  • RD. Surgery
  • RE. Opthalmology
  • RF. Otorhinolaryngology
  • RG. Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • RJ. Pediatrics
  • RK. Dentistry
  • DR. Dermatology
  • RM. Therapeutics and Pharmacology
  • RS. Pharmacy
  • RT. Nursing
  • RV. Botanic, Thomsonian, and Eclectic Medicine
  • RX. Homeopathy
  • RZ. Other Systems of Medicine

S. Agriculture

  • S. Agriculture (General)
  • SB. Plant Culture
  • SD. Forestry
  • SF. Animal Culture
  • SH. Aquaculture, Fisheries, Angling
  • SK. Hunting Sports

T. Technology

  • T. Technology (General)
  • TA. Engineering (General), Civic Engineering
  • TC. Hydraulic Engineering, Ocean Engineering
  • TD. Environmental Technology, Sanitary Engineering
  • TE. Highway Engineering, Roads and Pavements
  • TF. Railroad Engineering and Operation
  • TG. Bridge Engineering
  • TH. Building Construction
  • TJ. Mechanical Engineering and Machinery
  • TK. Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Nuclear Engineering
  • TL. Motor Vehicles, Aeronautics, Astronautics
  • TN. Mining Engineering, Metallurgy
  • TP. Chemical Technology
  • TR. Photography
  • TS. Manufactures
  • TT. Handicrafts, Arts and Crafts
  • TX. Home Economics

U. Military Science

  • U. Military Science (General)
  • UA. Armies: Organization, Distribution, Military Situation
  • UB. Military Administration
  • UC. Maintenance and Transportation
  • UD. Infantry
  • UE. Calvary and Armor
  • UF. Artillery
  • UG. Military Engineering and Air Forces
  • UH. Other Services

V. Naval Science

  • V. Naval Science (General)
  • VA. Navies: Organization, Distribution, Naval Situation
  • VB. Naval Administration
  • VC. Naval Maintenance
  • VD. Naval Seamen
  • VE. Marines
  • VF. Naval Ordnance
  • VG. Minor Services of Navies
  • VK. Navigation and Merchant Marine
  • VM. Naval Architecture, Shipbuilding, Marine Engineering

Z. Bibliography, Library Science, and Information Resources

  • Z. Books (General), Writing, Books Industries and Trade, Libraries, Bibliography
  • ZA. Information Resources (General)

000 Computers, Information, and General Works

  • 010 Bibliographies
  • 020 Library & Information Science
  • 030 Encyclopedias & Books of Facts
  • 040 Special Topics [unassigned]
  • 050 Magazines, Journals, Serials, and their Indices
  • 060 Associations, Organizations, & Museums
  • 070 New Media, Journalism, Publishing
  • 080 General Collections
  • 090 Manuscripts & Rare Books

100 Philosophy & Psychology

  • 110 Metaphysics
  • 120 Epistemology, Causation, Humankind
  • 130 Parapsychology & Occultism
  • 140 Specific Philosophical Schools
  • 150 Psychology
  • 160 Logic
  • 170 Ethics
  • 180 Ancient, Medieval, and Eastern Philosophy
  • 190 Modern Western Philosophy

200 Religion

  • 210 Philosophy & Theory of Religion
  • 220 The Bible
  • 230 Christianity & Christian Theology
  • 240 Christian Practice & Observance
  • 250 Christian Pastoral Practice and Religious Orders
  • 260 Christian Organization, Social Work, & Worship
  • 270 History of Christianity
  • 280 Christian Denominations & Sects
  • 290 Other Religions & Comparative Religion

300 Social Sciences, Sociology, and Anthropology

  • 310 General Statistics
  • 320 Political Science
  • 330 Economics
  • 340 Law
  • 350 Public Administration & Military Science
  • 360 Social Problems & Social Services
  • 370 Education
  • 380 Commerce, Communications, & Transportation
  • 390 Customs, Etiquette, & Folklore

400 Language

  • 410 Linguistics
  • 420 English & Old English Languages
  • 430 German & Related Languages
  • 440 French & Related Languages
  • 450 Italian, Romanian, & Related Languages
  •  460 Spanish & Portuguese Languages
  • 470 Latin & Italic Languages
  • 480 Classical & Modern Greek Languages
  • 490 Other Languages

500 Natural Science & Mathematics

  • 510 Mathematics
  • 520 Astronomy & Allied Sciences
  • 530 Physics
  • 540 Chemistry & Allied Sciences
  • 550 Earth Sciences & Geology
  • 560 Paleontology & Paleozoology
  • 570 Life Sciences & Biology
  • 580 Botany (Plant Sciences)
  • 590 Zoological Sciences

600 Technology

  • 610 Medicine & Health
  • 620 Engineering
  • 630 Agriculture
  • 640 Home and Family Management
  • 650 Management & Public Relations
  • 660 Chemical Engineering
  • 670 Manufacturing
  • 680 Manufacture for Specific Use
  • 690 Building & Construction

700 The Arts

  • 710 Landscaping & Area Planning
  • 720 Architecture
  • 730 Sculpture, Ceramics, & Metalwork
  • 740 Drawing & Decorative Arts
  • 750 Paintings & Painters
  • 760 Graphic Arts (e.g. Printmaking & Prints)
  • 770 Photography
  • 780 Music
  • 790 Recreational and Performing Arts

800 Literature, Rhetoric, & Criticism

  • 810 American Literature in English
  • 820 English & Old English Literatures
  • 830 German & Related Literatures
  • 840 French & Related Literatures
  • 850 Italian, Romanian, & Related Literatures
  • 860 Spanish & Portuguese Literatures
  • 870 Latin & Italic Literatures
  • 880 Classical & Modern Greek Literatures
  • 890 Literatures of Other Languages

900 Geography & History

  • 910 Geography & Travel
  • 920 Biography, Genealogy, & Insignia
  • 930 History of the Ancient World (to c. 499)
  • 940 History of Europe
  • 950 History of Asia
  • 960 History of Africa
  • 970 History of North American
  • 980 History of South America
  • 990 History of Other Areas

For a Library of Congress to Dewey Decimal conversion chart, click here.

For a Dewey Decimal to Library of Congress conversion chart, click here.

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