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WebDewey search results screen features


Find an overview of the search results screen in WebDewey.

Display of WebDewey search results

Search result Display
Single record Full record displayed automatically.
Multiple records Number of records found shown at the top of the results area.

Records are listed in order by DDC number. Items include the DDC number and caption. Numbers are hyperlinked; click to view the full record.
Results per page Default setting: 30

Change the number using the Results per page box (above or below results list).
Multipage results Move between pages using the Show page box (above or below the results list).


Other WebDewey screen features

Feature Description/Use
Search/Browse area On Search Results, the Search option is selected by default. Entry box shows the term and index searched. You can:
  • Edit the term and/or select another index; then click Quick Search.
  • Select Browse, select a browse index, edit the term shown or enter a new term, and then click Quick Browse.
Build area Text box for building a classification number incrementally:
  • Type a base number in the build area box and then add to the number as you read number-building instructions.
  • Keep the number you are building on the screen while viewing relevant schedule and table records, following instructions in add tables, consulting Manual entries, or checking comments.
  • The build area appears by default at the top of results lists, schedule and table records, and comments.
Search History button
(Opens the Search History window)
  • View a list of 30 previous browse and/or search actions, including the terms and indexes.
  • Repeat a previous search or browse.
  • Revise a previous search or browse and then reuse it:
    • Click Clear History to delete the list.
    • Click Close to close the window.
  • The search history is associated with your authorization number and is retained between sessions. The search history is not cleared when you log off.
  • A single search history contains all search or browse actions; the system does not maintain separate lists for searches and browse queries.
  • Comments searches. Searches in the Comments database are also included in the single search history list.


Identify record types in results

Record type Description Example
Built number (Built number icon) Indicates a record for a number constructed according to add instructions stated or implied in the schedules or tables. Built numbers are created and verified by the DDC editors. Built number icon 598.16 Flightless birds
Centered entry (C) Represents a subject covered by a span of numbers. A centered entry is used to indicate and relate structurally a span of schedule numbers that together form a single concept. In add tables, a greater-than symbol (>) precedes a centered entry. C 930-990 History of ancient world; of specific continents, countries, localities; of extraterrestrial worlds
Table centered entry Represents a subject covered by a span of numbers. A table centered entry is used to indicate and relate structurally a span of table numbers that together form a single concept. C T2--4-T2--9 The modern world; extraterrestrial worlds
Manual entry (Manual entry icon) Indicates a record for an entry in the DDC Manual. Manual entry icon 361-365 Social problems and services
Number with colon Indicates add table notation. What precedes colon is class number or span where add table is located; what follows colon is notation to be added. 617:028 Intensive care
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
Number in parentheses ( ) Indicates a class number that is an optional alternative to the number usually assigned to a concept. (921) Philosophers and psychologists
Footnoted caption
(caption preceded by * or † and/or ‡)
Indicates that a record contains a reference to a footnote marked with that symbol. *Administration of general forms of control † Latin dramatic poetry and drama ‡*Visual programming
Caption followed by ellipses Occurs only with some built numbers. Indicates that the caption given is one of a series of Relative Index terms associated with that number. B 809.4 Essayists (literature), . . .
Number followed by ellipses Indicates standard subdivisions and topics that use 0 instead of 1-9 to indicate their position in the hierarchy. 004.0 . . . Standard and special subdivisions