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Libraries use a system called the dewey decimal system to put books into a specific order and label them so that they are easy to find when someone is looking for a specific book. This system was first used by Melvil Dewey in 1876. It has been revised and expanded as the years have gone by.

As an example of how the system works a book that is labeled R REF 95.1 351.4 FEL LAM would be kept in the reference section. The system is able to organize all the books into an orderly manner even in a large library containing thousands of different books.

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I think Taxila in the oldest university in the world is in India (Bihar)

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This is more library specific..

For example, a library may only have 2 different section for J, T and Adult, but NOT for JE (Juvenile Easy-reader); eg only 1 section for JE.

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TEEN Teen section LT Large Print section CD Audio CD section E Easy childrens fiction J Juvenile fiction.

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The question is what is the difference between keyword and subject. the choices are not about difference

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Whenever you go to the library, you may be trying to find a book fast. You don’t want to pull out every book off the shelves to inspect it. Instead, you may just look at the spine. It is common for people to like one type of book over another one. For instance, some people like fiction books better than nonfiction books.

At a bookstore, you can determine the difference between fictional and nonfictional books usually by reading the titles of the books. Fictional books are easy to spot because they are not real. Nonfiction books are about real things. Sometimes, the author’s name also appears on the spine. If you read a lot, you can determine by the author whether it is fiction or nonfiction. In the library, you use the Dewey Decimal system.

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At my school library, the understanding among students is that books shelved among "Biographies" have a B or BIO on their label, while books shelved with a number on the spine are understood to be among "Non-fiction" or "Informational" books. So when answering this question, I tried to put myself in the position of one of the students. What assumption would that student make, based on that understanding?

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