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ERIC Number: ED435386
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Pages: 44
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Comparison of the Effect of Using Title Keyword Searching and Subject Headings among the 10 Divisions of Dewey Decimal Classification.
Tsai, Shu-En
Bibliographic records taken from books listed in "OCLC Selected Titles for Research and University Libraries" are used to determine whether the use of terms in the title for subject searching is an effective alternative to the use of Library of Congress subject headings among the 10 divisions of Dewey Decimal Classification. Terms in each title are tested with term(s) in the first element of every Library of Congress subject heading. Three hypotheses are tested: (1) sciences and technology subject areas have the highest match rate; (2) match rate in the social sciences is much lower than that of sciences and technology subject areas; and (3) title keyword is an effective alternative to subject headings in sciences and technology subject areas. Among the 10 Dewey divisions, the 500 division, natural sciences and mathematics, has the highest subject heading exact match, a rate of 56.2% in this study. The 800 division, disciplines in literature and rhetoric, accounts for the lowest percentage of subject exact match, 19.04%. (Author/MES)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Language: English
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