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The Thesaurus
Review, Renaissance, and Revision





ISBN 9780789019790
Published August 30, 2004 by Routledge
222 Pages

 
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Use this single source to uncover the origin and development of the thesaurus!

The Thesaurus: Review, Renaissance, and Revision examines the historical development of the thesaurus and the standards employed for thesaurus construction. This book provides both the history of thesauri and tutorials on usage to increase your understanding of thesaurus creation, use, and evaluation. This reference tool offers essential information on thesauri in the digital environment, including Web sites, databases, and software. For 50 years, the thesaurus has been a core reference book; The Thesaurus: Review, Renaissance, and Revision celebrates this history and speculates on the future of vocabulary-switching tools.

This book will familiarize you with contemporary and emerging functions of thesauri, including international and multilingual developments. The Thesaurus: Review, Renaissance, and Revision provides information and library professionals—including indexers, abstractors, subject catalogers, classifiers, and reference librarians—a historical overview of the thesaurus and its past as well as recent developments. This book also gives patrons, readers, and researchers more effective techniques in vocabulary management and offers insight on how thesauri are devised and compiled.

This book addresses:

  • changing definitions, characteristics, functions, and applications of thesauri
  • the value of standards, evaluation, use and review of software, and role and work of consultants during thesauri construction and maintenance
  • multicultural issues that affect thesauri creation, such as mapping and interoperability
  • education and training
The Thesaurus: Review, Renaissance, and Revision also provides you with extensive bibliographies related to issues and problems in thesaurus construction and design, such as developing standards in support of electronic thesauri.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction (Susan K. Roe and Alan R. Thomas)
  • The Thesaurus: A Historical Viewpoint, with a Look to the Future (Jean Aitchison and Stella Dextre Clarke)
  • Teach Yourself Thesaurus: Exercises, Readings, Resources (Alan R. Thomas)
  • A Practical Exercise in Building a Thesaurus (James R. Shearer)
  • Thesaurus Construction: Key Issues and Selected Readings (Marianne Lykke Nielsen)
  • Thesaurus Consultancy (Leonard Will)
  • Thesaurus Evaluation (Leslie Ann Owens and Pauline Atherton Cochrane)
  • User Comprehension and Searching with Information Retrieval Thesauri (Jane Greenberg)
  • Distributed Thesaurus Web Services (Eric H. Johnson)
  • Tools of the Trade: Vocabulary Management Software (Melissa A. Riesland)
  • Multilingual Subject Access: The Linking Approach of MACS (Patrice Landry)
  • An Interview with Dr. Amy J. Warner (June 2003) (Alan R. Thomas and Sandra K. Roe)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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