Cataloging and Knowledge Organization - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Communication and Information

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Recording Data About Information Items

Three processes help information professionals create access for users. These are the description of an item, the choice of descriptive elements as access points (i.e., data that may be searched), and the entry of the description into a file that is either manually or electronically searchable.

The description of an information item is a surrogate representation for it. A surrogate record stands for the information item in a manual or an electronic file. The purpose of the description is to allow people to decide whether they want to look at the thing itself. For example, the surrogate description for a book includes both physical characteristics (e.g., number of pages and dimensions) and intellectual characteristics (e.g., title and subject). These and other data elements (e.g., author, publisher, date of publication) help people decide whether they want to read...

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