Metadata & Controlled Vocabularies: Please Read and Apply this Chapter of your Textbook to Answer these Questions.
1. What is "metadata"?
2. What is a "record," and how does it relate to metadata?
3. Why doesn't the actual title of the book matter a great deal when a cataloger attaches a controlled vocabulary term to it?
4. What are the advantages of controlled vocabularies?
5. In Library of Congress Subject Headings, what do the following abbreviations mean? UF _________________________. BT _________________________. NT _________________________.
6. Explain the method of starting with a keyword search in order to identify controlled vocabulary subject headings?
7. Define the following: (a) Thesaurus, (b) Descriptor, (c) Browse Function.
8. Is it possible to search controlled vocabularies and keywords at the same time? When would want to do so, if it is possible?
Practice With Controlled Vocabularies
Use Library of Congress Subject Headings (http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects.html - Click on "Search Authorities") to find the authorized subject headings for each of the following:
(a) LASH ships, (b) Arts, Zen, (c) Clothes hangers, (d) Prevention of Crime, (e) Canadian Religious Poetry, (f) Literacy & Computers, (h) Ancient Philosophy, and a tough one to end with, (i) The Roman influences on law in the United States.
Assignment For A Research Project Of Your Own
Do a Library of Congress Subject Heading search on a topic of your own choice in a library catalog by:
1. Identifying the best subject heading either through the Library of Congress Subject Headings resource or by starting with a keyword search to find a book on the topic and then locating the subject heading you want though that book's catalog record.
2. Do the search by using the appropriate search box for subject headings or by clicking on the relevant link in a catalog record. The SCU Library Catalog (EagleCat) is located @ http://swcu.mlasolutions.com/oasis/catalog/?installation=SWCU.
3. Carefully evaluate your results to identify those books most relevant to your topic area.
4. Make a list of 8 to 10 relevant books identified through your controlled vocabulary search.
Michael Lowder, Director of Library Services
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