Subject Analysis: The Critical First Stage in Indexing.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Clara M. Chu, Professor and Department Chair (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Studies of indexing neglect the first stage of the process, that is, subject analysis. In this study, novice indexers were asked to analyse three short, popular journal articles; to express the general subject as well as the primary and secondary topics in natural language statements; to state what influenced the analysis and to comment on the ease or difficulty of this process. The factors which influenced the process were: the subject discipline concerned, factual tiss. subjective nature of the text, complexity of the subject, clarity of text, possible support offered by bibliographic apparatus such as title, etc. The findings showed that with the social science and science texts, the general subject could be determined with ease, while this was more difficult with the humanities text. Clear evidence emerged of the importance of bibliographical apparatus in defining the general subject. There was varying difficulty in determining the primary and secondary topics.

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Journal of Information Science, 19(6): 439-54, 1993
Language: English
Date: 1993
Indexing, Subject analysis

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