ERIC Number: ED401934
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
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Personal Name Formation of Victorian Era Painters: A Comparison of Scholar-Created Bibliographic Tools and the Library of Congress Name Authority File.
Brewster, Suzanne H.
As information professionals attempt to meet the needs of scholars, a significant issue is the degree of correspondence between research tools created by library and information science professionals and research tools created and used by scholars in any particular academic discipline. Humanities scholars assign importance to the use of personal names. This study compares the formation of the names of Victorian Era painters found in selected bibliographic tools created by humanities scholars to the formation of names found in the Library of Congress authority file. A sample of 57 painters, divided into 12 problem categories derived from chapter 22 of "Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules," was searched in six bibliographic tools and in the name authority file. Comparisons were made of the variant forms found in the tools and in the 100 and 400 fields of the MARC authority records and show that only 45.5% of the entries in tools were exactly matched by the authority records, while 63.8% of the variant forms found in the tools did not appear in the authority file. However, when considering entry element only, 92.9% of the entries in tools were matched by the authority records. Appendices include the data collection sheet, lists of painters used in the study, abbreviations for bibliographic tools, and problem categories. (Contains 21 references.) (Author)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Authority Control (Information), Bibliographic Databases, Bibliographic Utilities, Comparative Analysis, Humanities, Information Retrieval, Painting (Visual Arts), Relevance (Information Retrieval), Research Tools, Search Strategies, User Needs (Information), User Satisfaction (Information)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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