Nippon Decimal Classification

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The Nippon Decimal Classification (NDC, also called the Nippon Decimal System) is a system of library classification developed for mainly Chinese and Japanese language books maintained by the Japan Library Association since 1956. It is based on the Dewey Decimal System. The system is based upon using each successive digit to divide into nine divisions with the digit zero used for those not belonging to any of the divisions.

Main classes[edit]

The system is made up of ten categories:

  • 000 General
  • 100 Philosophy
  • 200 History
  • 300 Social sciences
  • 400 Natural sciences
  • 500 Technology and engineering
  • 600 Industry and commerce
  • 700 Arts
  • 800 Language
  • 900 Literature

Description of the classes[edit]

  • 000 General
    • 010 Libraries, Library & information science
    • 020 Books, Bibliography
    • 030 Encyclopaedias
    • 040 General collected essays
    • 050 General serial publications
    • 060 Organizations
    • 070 Journalism, Newspapers
    • 080 General collections
    • 090 Rare books, Local collections, Special collections
  • 100 Philosophy
    • 110 Special treatises on philosophy
    • 120 Oriental philosophy
    • 130 Western philosophy
    • 140 Psychology
    • 150 Ethics & morals
    • 160 Religion
    • 170 Shintoism
    • 180 Buddhism
    • 190 Christianity
  • 200 History
    • 210 History of Japan
    • 220 History of Asia and the Orient
    • 230 History of Europe and the West
    • 240 History of Africa
    • 250 History of North America
    • 260 History of South America
    • 270 History of Oceania & Polar regions
    • 280 Biography
    • 290 Geography, Topography, Travel
  • 300 Social Sciences
    • 310 Politics
    • 320 Law
    • 330 Economics
    • 340 Finance
    • 350 Statistics
    • 360 Sociology
    • 370 Education
    • 380 Customs, Folklore, Ethnology
    • 390 National defence, Military science
  • 400 Natural Sciences
    • 410 Mathematics
    • 420 Physics
    • 430 Chemistry
    • 440 Astronomy, Space science
    • 450 Earth science
    • 460 Biology
    • 470 Botany
    • 480 Zoology
    • 490 Medicine, Pharmacology
  • 500 Technology & Engineering
    • 510 Construction, Civil engineering
    • 520 Architecture
    • 530 Mechanical engineering, Nuclear engineering
    • 540 Electrical & Electronic engineering
    • 550 Maritime & Naval engineering
    • 560 Metal & Mining engineering
    • 570 Chemical technology
    • 580 Manufacturing
    • 590 Domestic arts and sciences
  • 600 Industry and Commerce
    • 610 Agriculture
    • 620 Horticulture
    • 630 Silk industry
    • 640 Animal husbandry
    • 650 Forestry
    • 660 Fishing
    • 670 Commerce
    • 680 Transportation & Traffic
    • 690 Communications
  • 700 Arts
    • 710 Plastic arts (sculpture)
    • 720 Painting & Calligraphy
    • 730 Engraving
    • 740 Photography & Printing
    • 750 Craft
    • 760 Music & Dance
    • 770 Theatre, Motion Pictures
    • 780 Sports, Physical Education
    • 790 Recreation, Amusements
  • 800 Language
    • 810 Japanese
    • 820 Chinese, other oriental languages
    • 830 English
    • 840 German
    • 850 French
    • 860 Spanish
    • 870 Italian
    • 880 Russian
    • 890 Other languages
  • 900 Literature
    • 910 Japanese literature
    • 920 Chinese literature, Other Oriental literature
    • 930 English & American literature
    • 940 German literature
    • 950 French literature
    • 960 Spanish literature
    • 970 Italian literature
    • 980 Russian & Soviet literature
    • 990 Other language literature

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