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ERIC Number: ED112912
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jan
Pages: 163
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Children's Access to Information in Print: An Analysis of the Vocabulary (Reading) Levels of the Subject Headings and Their Application to Children's Books.
Moll, Joy Kaiser
Critical to the youthful user of the library is his comprehension of subject headings. This study undertook an investigation of two aspects of the subject headings for juvenile literature: first, an analysis of the vocabulary levels employed in the four systems of subject headings currently in use; second, a specific analysis of the Machine Readable Cataloging (MARC) system and a comparison of how its subject headings for 437 children's books compare with the readability levels for those texts. The four systems were found to be only slightly different. The Library of Congress system rated at grade level 7.7, the Sears system at 6.9, the MARC system at 6.4, and the Library of Congress--Juvenile system 6.0 The comparison between the MARC system subject headings and the readability level of the corresponding text revealed no relationship between the two. Combining these findings with data concerning the nationwide reading level, it was found that for children reading above the national norm, the subject catalog can provide access to 70 percent of juvenile reading material. Using nationwide comprehension scores, it was estimated that only 29 percent of children's reading material is accessible through the subject catalog. (EMH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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