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Collection Guidelines: Nordic Studies: Subject Info

These are the guidelines by which materials are purchased for the Nordic studies collections of the UW Libraries.

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These are the guidelines by which materials are purchased for the Nordic studies collections of the UW Libraries (Seattle Campus).  For questions or more information, please contact the Nordic Studies Librarian.

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Subject Definition

Scandinavian studies (or Nordic studies) is an interdisciplinary field spanning the humanities and social sciences, focusing on the study of the languages, literatures, histories, cultures, and societies of the Nordic region, including the countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

Subject Classification

Library of Congress Classification (LC):

  • BL830-BL875: Norse and Germanic mythology
  • DK445-465: History of Grand Duchy of Finland
  • DL1-1180: History of Scandinavia and Finland
  • PD1501-PD5929: Scandinavian philology and languages
  • PH101-PH405: Finnish philology, language, and literature
  • PT7001-PT9999: Scandinavian literature 

Dewey Decimal Classification:

  • 038: Encyclopedias in Scandinavian languages
  • 058: Serials in Scandinavian languages
  • 078: Newspapers in Scandinavia
  • 088: Collections in Scandinavian languages
  • 198: Philosophy of Scandinavia & Finland
  • 439.7-439.8: Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian language
  • 839.7-839.8: Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian literature
  • 948: History of Scandinavia