ERIC Number: ED387146
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Library of Congress Subject Headings: Principles and Application. Third Edition.
Chan, Lois Mai
The Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) system has become a primary subject retrieval tool in an environment that is very different from that for which it was designed and developed. This book is a comprehensive guide to the principles and application of LCSH that reflects changes and developments in the field. The text is divided into three parts. Part 1 gives a brief history of the system, analyzes its principles, and describes the vocabulary and subject authority control. Part 2 deals with the application of LC subject headings on LC MARC (Machine-readable cataloging) records. LC policies are outlined with regard to the assignment of subject headings in general and the treatment of certain types of materials in particular. Part 3 discusses the future prospects of the system as an online retrieval tool, drawing on recent literature. Appendices contain sample MARC subject authority records and bibliographic records, lists of the most frequently used free-floating subdivisions, patterns and examples of cross references for certain types of name headings, lists of reference sources consulted in establishing headings, rules for capitalization and punctuation, and USMARC coding for subject headings. (Contains 102 references.) (Author/AEF)
Descriptors: Authority Control (Information), Cataloging, Classification, Futures (of Society), Information Policy, Information Retrieval, Information Systems, Library Catalogs, Online Catalogs, Subject Index Terms, Vocabulary
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