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Pierre, SD 57501

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Cataloging Basics Web Link to Utah State Library
Compiled by the Utah State Library, an overview of cataloging and classification for the uninitiated. Includes links to documentation for basic rules and practices and other cataloger's tools.

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South Dakota State Library Catalog

South Dakota State Library Catalog

Search for both print and electronic items held by the South Dakota State Library.
Category: Government & Directories, South Dakota



The world's largest online network of books and other materials, from more than 10,000 worldwide libraries. Select the WorldCat link once you access the OCLC's First Search database. More Information at Lib Guides
Category: General Research, Scholarly Research

Regional Catalogs

Minnesota Online Web Link to Minnesota Online
Minnesota State Colleges & Universities (MnSCU) Libraries (PALS)

University of Minnesota Libraries catalog

MnLINK Gateway Web Link to MnLINK Gateway
statewide virtual library that electronically links you to Minnesota's rich library resources.

ODIN: Online Dakota Informatin Network Web Link to ODIN
North Dakota statewide library catalog (PALS)

NDSU Libraries Web Link to NDSU Catalog
North Dakota State University Libraries Catalog

Traverse des Sioux Library System (TdS) Web Link to TdS
service agency that serves all public libraries in the following Minnesota counties: Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, Watonwan.

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Library of Congress

The Library of Congress Web Link to LOC is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress.

  • Classification and Shelflisting Web Link to LOC
    The Library of Congress Classification (LCC) is a classification system that was first developed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to organize and arrange the book collections of the Library of Congress.
  • Cutter Table Web Link to LOC
    Guidelines for using the LC Online Shelflist and formulating a literary author number. Cataloger's Reference Shelf Web Link provided by the Library Corporation, also includes more detailed LC Cutter Tables.
  • MARC Standards Web Link to LOC
    The MARC formats are standards for the representation and communication of bibliographic and related information in machine-readable form.
  • Library of Congress Online Catalog Web Link to LOC
    A good resource for finding MARC tag information and call numbers.

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OCLC Resources

A worldwide library cooperative, Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) Web Link to OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing information costs.

The Bibliographic Formats and Standards Web Link to OCLC is a guide to machine-readable cataloging records in WorldCat (the OCLC® Online Union Catalog). It provides tagging conventions, input standards and guidelines for entering information into WorldCat.

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Experience the power of the Dewey Decimal Classification system on the Web! Provided by the South Dakota State Library to school and public libraries, WebDewey gives you access to an enhanced version of the DDC database.

WebDewey includes:

  • all content from DDC 23, including quarterly updates (new developments, new built numbers, and additional electronic index terms)
  • updated PPT mappings to Edition 23 numbers in the areas of computer science and law
  • thousands of Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) that have been statistically mapped to Dewey numbers from records in WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog) and intellectually mapped by DDC editors
  • thousands of Relative Index terms and built numbers not available in print
  • links from mapped LCSH to the LCSH authority records
  • selected mappings from Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

Learn more about WebDewey through the WebDewey tutorial Web Link to OCLC WebDewey.

To register to use WebDewey call 1-800-423-6665 (SD ONLY) or contact:

More Information on the Dewey Decimal System is available:

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