ERIC Number: ED348062
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Indexing. ERIC Processing Manual, Section VII.
Houston, Jim, Ed.
Rules and guidelines are provided for subject indexing in the ERIC system. The principle of "subject access" is discussed with particular reference to "coordinate indexing," which involves designating subject content by unit terms (or tags) that may be put together or "coordinated" for subsequent retrieval. The nature of educational literature and the characteristics of educational community user groups are delineated in order to place ERIC indexing in proper perspective. Indexing tools necessary for the ERIC indexing process are also described, including the "Thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors," the "ERIC Identifier Authority List," and the "ERIC Indexing Handbook (Clearinghouse Indexing Practices)." Detailed guidelines are presented on the indexing process itself, involving: (1) examination of the document; (2) identification of indexable information, e.g., population characteristics (including educational level and age level), document form/type, curriculum or educational subject/field, activity, methodology, materials, audience, and proper names; (3) translation and negotiation of indexable concepts into approved terminology, i.e., ERIC Descriptors and Identifiers. Additional guidance is offered on several special indexing issues, including specificity of indexing, weighting (major/minor terms), over- and under-indexing, index term capitalization and punctuation, and the indexing review process. (JH)
Descriptors: Check Lists, Coordinate Indexes, Databases, Indexing, Information Retrieval, Information Storage, Library Technical Processes, Search Strategies, Subject Index Terms
ERIC Processing and Reference Facility, 1301 Piccard Drive, Rockville, MD 20850-4305 ($7.50).
Publication Type: Guides - General; ERIC Publications; Reference Materials - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Processing and Reference Facility, Rockville, MD.; ARC Professional Services Group, Rockville, MD. Information Systems Div.; Educational Resources Information Center (ED), Washington, DC.