Controlled Vocabularies: Past, Present and Future of Subject Access

  title={Controlled Vocabularies: Past, Present and Future of Subject Access},
  author={Catherine Smith},
  journal={Cataloging \& Classification Quarterly},
  pages={186 - 202}
  • Catherine Smith
  • Published 13 April 2021
  • Education
  • Cataloging & Classification Quarterly
Abstract Controlled vocabularies are a foundational concept in library science and provide a framework for consistency in cataloging practices. Subject headings provide valuable access points to library resources during search and discovery for patrons. Many librarians will be familiar with the more widely used controlled vocabularies, like those maintained by national libraries or major professional organizations. More recently, there has been an increasing shift toward specialized… 
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