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Tip for effective browsing

Most search techniques (truncation, character masking, Boolean operators, grouping) cannot be used in browse queries. The browse term you enter is matched-—character by character, from left to right-—against the characters of the terms in the index.

Brackets in DDC numbers

  • Browse results may include DDC numbers enclosed (or partially enclosed) in square brackets; for example, 331[.2109].
  • Brackets indicate numbers or number segments that have been discontinued or relocated, or unassigned numbers.
  • For discontinued/relocated numbers, notes in the record direct you to an appropriate class number.
  • When searching or browsing for discontinued or relocated numbers, you may omit the square brackets from the query term.
browse display description examples (number and caption)
Number in square brackets [ ] Indicates a number that has been discontinued or relocated, or an unassigned number.

Record instructs you not to use this number and provides a cross-reference to the correct class number.
[104] Unassigned

511[.22] Intuitionistic mathematics

[291] Comparative religion

T5--[04] Persons of mixed ancestry with ethnic origins from more than one continent

Find table numbers

  • To find a record for a DDC table number, you must enter 2 hyphens to separate the table number from the rest of the number.
  • Type the table number (for example t1). Then type 2 hyphens ( --). Then type the remaining digits of the number you want (for example, 071). Do not type a space between the table number and the first hyphen, or between the second hyphen and the final digits of the number. Example: t1--071

 

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