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Children's Literature and Resources

Education Librarian

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Kimberly Franklin
Kimberly Y. Franklin, PhD
Education Librarian
University Library
LN 2020B
California State University, Los Angeles

Office hours (including remote via Zoom): Thursday 2pm-4pm and by appointment on other weekdays
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Subjects: Education

Reading Dewey call numbers

The Children's Literature collection in the University Library is shelved in Dewey Decimal System order. Below is an example of how to read a Dewey call number.

How to read a dewey call number.

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Example call number: 



Read numbers digit by digit. Read the number after the decimal as a decimal: .79 comes before .8. "Nothing" comes before something; .1 comes before .11. The second line of the call number is a combination of letters and numbers. Read the letter alphabetically and the number as a decimal. Sometimes there is a date at the end of a call number. Read dates chronologically.

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Off-campus access to databases

John F. Kennedy Memorial Library
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300