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Early Classifications of Knowledge

From Then Till Now

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Understanding the World of Information

All good research starts with epistemology.  Epistemology is not the study of what we know but of how we know what we know., i.e. what are our sources of knowledge, where do they come from, in what forms are they transmitted to us, and why would we find one source more credible than another?        
                                                             William B. Badke, Teaching Research Processes, pg. 11

This LibGuide aims to examine information creation as a process.  From a historical perspective, this guide looks at how knowledge has been organized, specifically  the ways in which it has been categorized or classified.  Examples of classification include the division of knowledge into not only "disciplines" and "sub-disciplines", but also hierarchical ways of organizing knowledge such as early encyclopedias like Britannica's Propaedia and library classification systems (Badke 13).  This guide is based on the premise that "the ability to organize, find meaning, and preserve information is a key to using it effectively" (Badke 14).



Nancy McEnery