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The Library of Congress (LC) differs from the Dewey system which you may have used in your public or middle and high school libraries.  Most institutions of higher education and nearly all research libraries in the United States use the LC system.  The system is an alpha-numeric system that  makes researching much easier as books are located in a section of the Library according to what their main subject heading is.  Scholars and students find this an easier arrangement for study and research.  For instance you will find books by and about Shakespeare, as well as literary criticism on his works all in close proximity to each other.  This saves the researcher the time hunting for each category in a separate section of the library.

The Library of Congress, the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and the world's largest library has made the following list of main classes and subclasses available on their website.   Click on any class below to view an outline of its subclasses. The files are  available for downloading in Word format.

      

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