Subject access

LCSH, Children’s Subject Headings and Sears List of Subject Headings


Subject headings are controlled lists of terms or phrases used for describing the subjects of items. This facilitates the retrieval of items by subject. In this chapter we describe the Library of Congress Subject Headings, which is the most widely applied subject heading list. The Children’s Subject Headings and the Sears List of Subject Headings are also introduced.


Library of Congress Subject Headings


topical subdivisions

geographic subdivisions

free-floating subdivisions

10.1 Introduction

The purpose of classification is to bring related items together. Books and other library materials are grouped on the shelves based ...

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