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ERIC Number: ED352976
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Pages: 93
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A Study of Graphic Novel Cataloging Records.
Andelson, Eric
Graphic novels are a blending of words and art in which the illustrations bear the same relationship to the text that a film carries to its screenplay. The hypothesis of this research is that, as a new form of literature, graphic novels will display inconsistent cataloging. Methodology consisted of searching the titles generated from Bowling Green State University's subject heading, Graphic Novels, against OCLC records. There are 191 titles, with 299 OCLC records and 3,416 holdings. All records for the same title were downloaded from OCLC, encoded, and entered into SPSS. Statistical analysis such as tabulating and frequency distribution are utilized in analyzing the cataloging records. Definitions, examples, AACR2 cataloging rules, subject headings, added entries, and classification numbers clarify the format as well as the cataloging of graphic novels. One conclusion is that there are consistencies as well as inconsistencies in the cataloging record. Another is that graphic novels are not automatically considered juvenile works. Several recommendations based on the study findings are offered: (1) "chiefly ill." should be used in the physical field; (2) a subject heading "Graphic Novels" should be assigned in order to bring out this form of literature; (3) libraries may want to class graphic novels together locally; and (4) more individuals and roles should be listed in the statement of responsibility or notes. An appendix lists the titles of the graphic novels used for analysis. Thirteen computer/CD-Rom citations and seven catalogs are listed in addition to 32 references. (Author/ALF)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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