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ERIC Number: ED401916
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Pages: 53
Abstractor: N/A
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The Use of "See" and "See Also" References in the Public Library Catalogs in Franklin County, Ohio.
Elder, Kristen L.
The "see" and "see also" references in a library's catalog are supposed to provide the cross-references necessary to guide the user to the appropriate subject heading. However, libraries have difficulty maintaining the current, accurate subject authority files needed to facilitate this. A review of the literature in this subject area revealed the evidence of this problem in several academic library online public access catalogs. This study evaluated the use of "see" and "see also" references in the five public library online catalogs in Franklin County, Ohio, with disappointing results. Only one of the five catalogs showed evidence of a serious commitment to maintaining the current subject headings and syndetic structure prescribed by the Library of Congress Subject Headings. Of the four other libraries, only one showed any type of effort at creating cross-references; the remaining three displayed virtually no evidence of such links. The results support the notion that many library catalogs are lacking the "see" and "see also" references necessary for them to function properly, as the Library of Congress intended. The established headings used in the study (1xx) with accompanying 4xx and 5xx fields and the data analysis sheet are appended. (Contains 15 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio