University Libraries Publications

Title

Uniqueness Matters: LCSH and Keywords in the Library Catalog's ETD Records.

Publication Title

Cataloging and Classification Quarterly

Publication Date

2012

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1080/01639374.2012.703164

Keywords

Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), subject access, elecronic theses and dissertations, keyword indexing, cataloging evaluation, cataloging quality analysis, ETD

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

This study concerns the overlap between author-supplied keywords and Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) in Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) bibliographic records in the library catalog. The article provides a discussion on uniqueness, matching, and complementariness based on a replication of Strader’s methodology and rubric from a 2009 article. Findings support most of Strader’s conclusions, including the complementary nature of keywords and controlled vocabularies. Both keywords and LCSH provide unique terms that enhance access. Researchers also broke new ground regarding partial matching, particularly within LCSH. The fact that uniqueness matters has implications for the continued use of LCSH, for LCSH maintenance, and for further research.

This document is currently not available here.


Share

COinS