Library Of Congress Subject Headings / Edition 4

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This book is the only comprehensive treatise on the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) system. It offers users a complete and definitive guide to a challenging area of study. Chan presents a brief history of the system, analyzes its principles, and describes its vocabulary and subject authority control. She then discusses the application of LC subject headings to LC MARC records and outlines the Library of Congress's policies on the assignment of subject headings in general and the treatment of certain types of materials in particular. This new edition updates the text according to policies governing current practices in using LCSH, and the highlighted relevance of LCSH in the global electronic environment. Part 3, completely rewritten, includes a chapter on FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology), which is an LCSH-based controlled vocabulary for electronic resources.

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Editorial Reviews

The standard guide to the Library of Congress subject headings, revised and updated to reflect changes and developments since the second edition of 1986. 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 records. Part 3 discusses the future prospects of the system as an online retrieval tool. Includes 13 appendices and a glossary. Paper edition (unseen), $35. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"Lois Mai Chan presents a comprehensive examination of the current practices and policies for use of LCSH, in addition to discussing historical and theoretical context and future directions….Chan does an excellent job of addressing the major discussion points surrounding the Library of Congress Subject Heading system without being apologetic or overly critical….This book combines theoretical discussion and practical explanation. It covers the formation of new subject headings as well as the application of existing ones. As a source for in-depth understanding of LCSH principles and practice, this book is an excellent resource for professional catalogers and advanced cataloging students and is highly recommended." - Technical Services Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591581567
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Series: Library and Information Science Text Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 568
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

LOIS MAI CHAN is Professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Kentucky.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3
2 Basic principles 17
3 Forms of main headings 43
4 Proper name headings 59
5 Subdivisions 91
6 Cross references 125
7 Subject authority control and maintenance 153
8 Assigning subject headings 173
9 Subject cataloging of special types of materials 201
10 Subject areas requiring special treatment 287
11 Library of Congress subject headings in the electronic environment 403
12 Fast : faceted application of subject terminology 415
App. A Library of Congress bibliographic records with MARC 21 coding 429
App. B Free-floating subdivisions : form and topical 441
App. C Free-floating subdivisions : names of persons 445
App. D Free-floating topical subdivisions : names of places 449
App. E General reference sources used in establishing headings 455
App. F First-order political divisions of the exceptional countries 457
App. G MARC 21 coding for subject information 461
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