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5th Edition

Subject Approach to Information

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ISBN 9781856040488
Published July 31, 1996 by Facet Publishing
472 Pages

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Book Description


The Internet and World Wide Web have made access to information easy but do not solve the problems of finding exactly what is wanted, to the point of overwhelming the reader with information. Since the first edition of this classic librarianship text appeared, the development of computer technology has meant that the organization of information has become a hugely complex area. This fifth edition places emphasis on the intellectual effort required to make meaningful use of the enormous amount of information now accessible to the searcher. Fully revised and updated in comprehensive detail that includes bibliographies, ample examples and quotations, it focuses on:

information retrieval systems

database access systems

online searching and OPACs


networked systems.

Foskett describes how we search for information by looking at the problems involved, at the theoretical principles suggested as solutions and their practical realization as classification schemes, lists of subject headings and thesauri.

Readership: This influential text is widely acknowledged to be essential reading for all students of librarianship and information management, and an invaluable reference tool for practising library and information professionals.

as classification schemes, lists of subject headings and thesauri.

Table of Contents

PART I: THEORY OF INFORMATION RETRIEVAL SYSTEMS 1. Introduction 2. Features of an information retrieval system 3. Derived indexing 1: Printed indexes 4. Developments in information technology 5. Derived indexing 2: Database access systems 6. Assigned indexing 1: Semantics 7. Assigned indexing 2: Syntax PART II: PRE-COORDINATE INDEXING SYSTEMS 8. Alphabetical subject headings: Cutter to Austin 9. Systematic arrangement 10. General classification schemes 11. Notation 12. Alphabetical index 13. Organization 14. Uses of pre-coordinate indexing 15. Online public access catalogues PART III: PRE-COORDINATE INDEXING LANGUAGES 16. Introduction 17. The Dewey Decimal Classification 18. The Universal Decimal Classification 19. The Bibliographic Classification 20. The Broad System of Ordering 21. The Colon Classification 22. The Library of Congress Classification 23. Library of Congress subject headings 24. Shorter lists of subject headings PART IV: POST-COORDINATE INDEXING LANGUAGES 25. Science and technology 26. Social sciences and humanities 27. Visual art and graphics PART V: THE FUTURE 28. Digital libraries

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