Thursday, September 3, 2015

Essential Classification, Second Edition

Broughton, Vanda. Essential Classification. Second Edition. Neal-Schuman, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1369-7

Fully updated to reflect changes to the major general schemes (Library of Congress, LCSH, Dewey and UDC), this new edition offers guidance on how to go about classifying a document from scratch. Cataloging authority Broughton leads the novice classifier step by step through the basics of subject cataloging, with an emphasis on practical document analysis and classification.  Her book deals with fundamental questions of the purpose of classification in different situations, and the needs and expectations of end users.

Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. The need for classification
3. First principles of classification
4. The variety of classification: systems and structures
5. The classification scheme: internal structure
6. Types of classification scheme
7. Order in the classification scheme
8. Content analysis 1: document description
9. Content analysis 2: practical constraints
10. Controlled indexing languages
11. Word-based approaches to retrieval
12. Library of Congress Subject Headings 1: basic headings
13. Library of Congress Subject Headings 2: structured headings
14. Classification scheme application
15. Library of Congress Classification 1: basic classmark construction
16. Library of Congress Classification 1: use of tables
17. Dewey Decimal Classification
18. Universal Decimal Classification 1: general properties and basic number building
19. Universal Decimal Classification 1: auxiliary tables
20. Faceted classification
21. Managing classification