The Subject Approach to Information, 5th edition

Jul 2002 | 472pp

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9781856040488
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The Subject Approach to Information, 5th edition

A. C. Foskett

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
  • hypertext
  • 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.

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

"Overall this new edition is very welcome. A clear and concise account of the principles and major schemes [of classification and indexing] is invaluable."
- Education for Information

"The strength of this book lies not simply in its scholarship, but also in its unassuming...easy to read, easy to learn format."
- Managing Information

Professor A C Foskett MA FLA AALIA was Head of Library and Information Management at the University of South Australia until his retirement.

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