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An index term, subject term, subject heading, or descriptor, in information retrieval, is a term that captures the essence of the topic of a document. Index terms make up a controlled vocabulary for use in bibliographic records. They are an integral part of bibliographic control, which is the function by which libraries collect, organize and disseminate documents. They are used as keywords to retrieve documents in an information system, for instance, a catalog or a search engine. A popular form of keywords on the web are tags which are directly visible and can be assigned by non-experts also. Index terms can consist of a word, phrase, or alphanumerical term. They are created by analyzing the document either manually with subject indexing or automatically with automatic indexing or more sophisticated methods of keyword extraction. Index terms can either come from a controlled vocabulary or be freely assigned. (Excerpt from Wikipedia article: subject heading)

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  • Number of articles referring to 'subject heading': 13 (0.7% of published articles)
  • Total references to 'subject heading' across all Ariadne articles: 18
  • Average number of references to 'subject heading' per Ariadne article: 1.38
  • Earliest Ariadne article referring to 'subject heading': 1997-03
  • Trending factor of 'subject heading': 0 (see FAQs on monitoring of trends)

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Ariadne contributors most frequently referring to 'subject heading':

  1. tomas schoenthal (see articles on this topic by this author)
  2. kjell jansson (see articles on this topic by this author)
  3. jessica lindholm (see articles on this topic by this author)
  4. yan han (see articles on this topic by this author)
  5. qiping zhang (see articles on this topic by this author)

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Minotaur: Metadata -To Be, Or Not to Be (Catalogued)

Gordon Dunsire thinks that all is not rosy in the garden that is metadata, and wonders how it can assist cataloguing in a real-world sense.

July 1997, issue10, regular column

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by Dr. Radut