Subject Analysis

Subject Analysis - Subject Analysis IST616 Lecture Notes...

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05/07/09 1 Subject Analysis IST616 Lecture Notes
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05/07/09 2 Let’s look at an example: Paintings in the National Gallery, London by Augusto Gentili (Author) http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0 What is it? What is about?
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05/07/09 3 Another example: What is it? What is about? Monopoly Game: The Simpsons Edition by USAopoly
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05/07/09 4 Purpose of Representation To help users find an item of which the subject is known To help users find what the library has on a given subject Searching Browsing Navigating Locating By means of
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05/07/09 5 Ways of Searching by Subject Words in titles, notes, abstracts, and introductions (natural language or free-text searching) Words or phrases in specifically assigned index terms (controlled vocabulary access)
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05/07/09 6 Subject Analysis Levels of representation: Number of concepts in the work: how many are necessary? Local policy/user needs: Would this level of representation meets the user needs? Natural language vs. controlled vocabulary Will natural language (keywords) suffice? How much will controlled vocabulary improve search results?
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05/07/09 7 A Picture for Subject Analysis Every dog needs a cat Credit: "Two is Company, Three is a Crowd." 195-?. The Northern Great Plains, 1880-1920: Photographs from the Fred Hultstrand and F.A. Pazandak Photograph Collections from North Dakota State University, Library of Congress/Ameritech collections.
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05/07/09 8 Biography: Winston Churchill If you were to find a biography for Winston Churchill on http:// www.amazon.com, where would you start as your browsing category? Where would you start if you are in a library’s stack?
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9 Amazon.com’s browsing categories Design, Museums, Art History. .. Audiobooks Biographies, Children's, Fiction, Humor. .. Artists, Educators, Philosophers, Writers. .. Tax Planning, Management, Personal Investing. .. Children's Books Classics, Fairy Tales, Series, How It Works. .. General Audiobooks Book Outlet Bargains Historical Large Print Regional U.S. Military
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This note was uploaded on 09/10/2008 for the course IST 616 taught by Professor Qin during the Spring '05 term at Syracuse.

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Subject Analysis - Subject Analysis IST616 Lecture Notes...

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