Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Readex Serial Set--Subject Headings

The Readex online version of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set currently covers 1817-1942. MARC records are being added in batches to CLIO, and at the moment these records go up through 1890.

At this point, I thought it might be useful to say a few words about the subject headings used in the Readex Serial Set, since these are the same as the headings used in the MARC records for it in CLIO. Readex's subject headings differ substantially from LCSH. (In the CLIO subject headings browse lists, the Readex headings will be described as "General heading[s].")

One reasonably consistent difference between the Readex headings and LCSH is that the Readex headings usually omit any reference to "United States" or "North America."

For example, consider the following headings used in the record copied at the end of this message:

Readex heading: Boundaries
comparable LCSH: United States--Boundaries

Readex heading: Indian Removal
comparable LCSH: Indians of North America--Relocation

The Readex Serial Set itself provides many options for browsing its subject headings. You may find it easiest to go there directly if you are having difficulty identifying relevant subject headings in CLIO. The aim of the folks at Readex was to describe the contents of the Serial Set publications with maximal precision; and their subject headings diverge from LCSH in a wide variety of ways.

If people have any questions about the Readex Serial Set or would like to schedule a demo / question & answer session, please let me know. I would be glad to provide one.

John Tofanelli
Anglo-American History & Literature Librarian

Sample CLIO Record for Readex's U.S. CONGRESSIONAL SERIAL SET:

Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Indian Affairs. (1822-1946).
Title: Southern Ute Indians. March 7, 1888. -- Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed. [electronic resource]
Physical Description: 10 p.
Series: United States congressional serial set ; serial no. 2600
United States. Congress. (50th Congress, 1st Session, 1887-1888). House. Report. 861.
Publisher/ Date: Washington, DC: March 7, 1888
Click here for full text.
System Details: Mode of access: World wide web.
Restrictions: Copyright ©2007 by NewsBank, Inc. All rights reserved.
Other Subject Terms:
Congressional hearings
Federal-Indian relations
Indian and white depredations
Indian removal
Indian reservations
Legislative amendments
Tribal trust funds
Congressional witnesses
Legislative Report - Public Bills
(49) S. 1916
(49) S. 769
(50) H.R. 1265
Added Entries: Perry, William Hayne, 1839-1902. Democrat (SC).

Reproduction Note: Electronic reproduction. Chester, Vt.: NewsBank, inc., 2005. Available via the World Wide Web. Access restricted to Readex U.S. Congressional Serial Set subscribers.
Material Type: Periodical
Location (guide): LibraryWeb
Call Number: EBOOKS
Status: No information available

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