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The Case of Tweddie-Dee and Tweddle-Dum: Authority Control in a Retrospective Database

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Clara M. Chu, Professor and Department Chair (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Authority control is increasingly becoming an accepted element in the design of online catalogues and databases. Much of the literature on this topic focuses on online catalogues and considerably less attention is given to databases of retrospective literature. In this paper the application of authority control to three aspects of the structure and design of Science and Technology in Canadian History: ? Bibliography of Primary History: ? Bibliography of Primary Sources to 1914, namely, author-names, subject-descriptors, and serial titles, is described. The creation and structure of each authority ale is described, the attendant problems associated with authority control in such a database are noted, and implications for further work of this: nature are discussed.

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Publication
Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science, 12(1): 35-57, 1987
Language: English
Date: 1987
Keywords
Authority control, Online catalogs