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The Dewey Decimal System, page 7

About Call Numbers

The Dewey Decimal System

An Example

Filing Order

Cutter Numbers

Literary Criticism


Last but Not Least


Biographies, the written histories about a person's life, are also cataloged and shelved a little differently. To keep all the biographies about a person shelved together, a Cutter number is assigned for the biographee. For example, all the biographies about George W. Bush are shelved by the call number 973.931 B62.

A second cutter number is assigned for the author of the biography. For example:

Dowd, Maureen. Bushworld: Enter at Your Own Risk

973.931 Administration of George Walker Bush
B62 Cutter number for subject of biography (Bush)
D85 Cutter number for author/editor, Maureen Dowd




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