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Library of Congress Subject Headings: Principles and Application (Library and Information Science Text)

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This work 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.

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Overview

This work 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.

Entirely rewritten to reflect the changes and developments in the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) since Chan's second edition was published in 1986, this work offers users a complete and definitive guide to a challenging area of study. Chan provides 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. Drawing on recent literature about the subject, Chan concludes the book with an examination of the future prospects of the system as an online retrieval tool. Intended for library and information professionals, library and information science educators, and advanced students, this work will also be helpful to technicians, paraprofessionals, and beginning students.

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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 (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781563081958
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
  • Publication date: 9/15/1995
  • Series: Library and Information Science Text
  • Edition description: 3rd ed
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 541
  • Product dimensions: 6.39 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 3
2 Basic Principles 15
3 Forms of Headings 40
4 Proper Names in Subject Headings 55
5 Subdivisions 86
6 Cross References 119
7 Subject Authority Control and Maintenance 146
8 Subject Cataloging 161
9 Subject Cataloging of Special Types of Materials 189
10 Subject Areas Requiring Special Treatment 269
11 Library of Congress Subject Headings as an Online Retrieval Tool 391
Appendix A: Sample USMARC Records 419
Appendix B: Free-Floating Form and Topical Subdivisions 428
Appendix C: Free-Floating Subdivisions Controlled By Pattern Headings 433
Appendix D: Free-Floating Subdivisions Further Subdivided By Place 446
Appendix E: Free-Floating Subdivisions Used Under Persons 451
Appendix F: Free-Floating Subdivisions Used Under Places 457
Appendix G: Patterns of Cross References for Proper Names 463
Appendix H: General Reference Sources Used in Establishing Headings 475
Appendix I: First-Order Political Divisions of the Exceptional Countries 477
Appendix J: USMARC Coding for Subject Information 480
Appendix K: Abbreviations 497
Appendix L: Capitalization 502
Appendix M: Punctuation 509
Glossary 514
Bibliography 521
Index 529
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