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Major Differences Between Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal

If you are more accustomed to using Dewey Decimal, here are some of the general differences between the two systems, so you can better understand the Library of Congress Classification.

 Library of Congress

 Dewey Decimal

  Call number appears on spine of book like this:

      BJ

      2041

      .L66

      1993

  Call number appears on spine like this:

      395.54

      LON

      1993

 

  General subject (first line) listed as a letter

 

  General subject (first line) listed as a number

 

  Specific subject listed a number

 

  Specific subject listed as a decimal

 

   Author listed by first  letter of last name then                numbe

 

Author listed by first three letters of last name

 

 
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