ERIC Number: ED206288
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
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The Library of Congress Subject Headings Redbooks: Foundation of Reference.
Sayles, Jeremy W.
The Library of Congress Subject Headings, a tool used almost exclusively by catalogers, currently is assuming equal importance in reference service as an aid for students and a unique tool for reference librarians. Most reference inquiries require the use of appropriate subject headings--an especially vital function for computer searches. The subject headings comprise an independent reference source to educate students about alternative subject headings which describe assigned study topics, providing a language of access to information. Librarians can use the Redbooks as an aid to the reference interview as they contribute to mutual understanding by student and librarian about the precise subject areas to be investigated. The Redbooks are also a valuable aid in the creation of library study guides for specific college courses, allowing analysis of course syllabi to reveal terminology, ideas, and instructions that can be converted to Library of Congress subject headings. Finally, they provide an anticipatory reference aid by which terms that describe a subject field can be assembled in advance. (Author/RAA)
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Identifiers: Library of Congress Subject Headings