Framing the subject: a subject indexing model for electronic bibliographic databases in the humanities.

Hazel Rothera


This article reviews in detail an MA dissertation to
assess the scope and value of electronic bibliographic
databases in the humanities. A model is developed and
demonstrated to determine essential and desirable
indexing terms and to highlight some inherent
complexities. Features of commercially available
databases are assessed against this model. The author
concludes with some personal observations on the
dissertation experience and on prospects for further
research in this area.


electronic bibliographic databases; humanities; indexing terms; complexities;

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