Document (#5613)

Author
Svenonius, E.
McGarry, D.
Title
Objectivity in evaluating subject heading assignment
Source
Cataloging and classification quarterly. 16(1993) no.2, S.5-40
Year
1993
Abstract
Recent papers have called attention to discrepancies in the assignment of LCSH. While philosophical arguments can be made that subject analysis, if not a logical impossibility, at least is point-of-view dependent, subject headings continue to be assigned and continue to be useful. The hypothesis advanced in the present project is that to a considerable degree there is a clear-cut right and wrong to LCSH subject heading assignment. To test the hypothesis, it was postulated that the assignment of a subject heading is correct if it is supported by textual warrant (at least 20% of the book being cataloged is on the topic) and is constructed in accordance with the LoC Subject Cataloging Manual: Subject Headings. A sample of 100 books on scientific subjects was used to test the hypothesis
Theme
Indexierungsstudien
Inhaltsanalyse
Object
LCSH

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