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Classification of LawEdit

The Glucksman library at UL uses option C for law in Dewey. Option C = Give preferred treatment to branch of law and its subordinate subjects.

Option CEdit

To give preferred treatment to branch of law and its subordinate subjects, arrange elements as follows, using criminal courts of Australia as an example:

  • Base number: 34
  • Branch of law: Criminal law, 5
  • One or more digits indicating a subject subordinate to specific branch of law or type of original material:
    Example: 1 Courts (from 345.0’1’ under 345 Criminal Law)
    Note that the 0 has been removed. So if you need to check the number in Dewey again, you will need to add the 0 again to find the number.
  • Facet indicator: 0*
  • Jurisdiction or area: Australia, 94
  • The complete number is 345.1094

Example adapted from: [WebDewey Manual Notes 342-349 ] 11/04/2007 17:51, Page 545 in paper version of DDC22.

Quick cheat: 342.’41’082 move the 41 to the end of the number to get 342.82041

Jurisdiction: Remember to use 349 for law of specific jurisdictions, e.g. 349.42 = English Law.


House rules for area subdivisions of law in DeweyEdit

  • Don’t use T2--415 (Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland) as these obviously are different countries with different jurisdictions.
    Use T2--416 (Northern Ireland) & T2--417 (Republic of Ireland).
  • Don’t use T2--42 (England and Wales)
    Use T2--41 (British Isles)

Books ordered by Paul McCutheon & Eoin QuillEdit

Even if the book would normally be associated with a number in criminology (36X), class under ‘’’law (34X)’’’ where possible.

Common Law Library SeriesEdit

Books in the series ‘The common law library’ published by Sweet & Maxwell go into Law Ref.


13.04.2007 CDB


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