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Uniqueness Matters: LCSH and Keywords in the Library Catalog's ETD Records.
Cataloging and Classification Quarterly
  • Theda Schwing
  • Sevim McCutcheon, Kent State University - Kent Campus
  • Margaret Beecher Maurer, Kent State University - Kent Campus
Publication Date
1-1-2012
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
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.

Citation Information
Theda Schwing, Sevim McCutcheon and Margaret Beecher Maurer. "Uniqueness Matters: LCSH and Keywords in the Library Catalog's ETD Records." Cataloging and Classification Quarterly Vol. 50 Iss. 8 (2012) p. 903 - 928
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sevim_mccutcheon/2/