Sears List Of Subject Headings

Delivering a core list of key headings, together with patterns
and examples to guide the cataloger in creating further headings as
required, Sears List of Subject Headings has been the standard
thesaurus of subject terminology for small and medium-sized libraries since 1923.

The world of libraries in the twenty-first century is already quite different
from what it was only recently. More information is available in machine-readable
form, and ready access to the Internet has changed the way many users seek and find
information. This new edition of Sears List of Subject Headings keeps pace by
including hundreds of new subject terms, all organized using language that makes
the most sense to the modern library researcher.

This essential resource features:

  • Arranged in an easy-to-use thesaurus-like format, with an
    emphasis on subject terms that makes sense to average researchers
  • Entries provide helpful guidance on which subject term to use for
    thousands of categories of information.
  • Entries also include helpful notes outlining USE FOR, SEE ALSO,
  • Agreement with the Dewey Decimal Classification system to ensure
    that subject headings conform with library standards.
  • Many new and revised headings include Scope Notes to clarify the
    specialized use of a term or to distinguish between terms that might be confused.
  • Accompanying list of canceled and replacement headings, and legends
    within the list that identify earlier forms of headings.


Sears List of Subject Headings has been developed by a diverse team of public and school librarians.
New headings in this edition reflect the changing needs of library users, which includes addressing
the growing literature in the areas of racial equality, societal changes, technological advances, and
the COVID-19 pandemic, among other topics.

The Principles of Sears List, appears in the printed volume and online, outlines the theoretical
foundations of the Sears List and provides a concise introduction to subject cataloging in general.
This introduction is "recommended-reading" for librarians seeking to learn more about the fundamentals of cataloging.

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