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SYSTEMATIC SUBJECT INDEXING

B.C. VICKERY M.A. (Librarian, Imperial Chemical Industries Limited, Butterwick Research Laboratories)

Journal of Documentation

ISSN: 0022-0418

Article publication date: 1 January 1953

Abstract

The function of a subject index is above all practical: it is a working tool designed to help the user to find his way about the documented information in a given subject field. Any system of indexing and classification must be judged by its practical value to the user, not by its conformity to a set of abstract principles. Despite this, it is only on the basis of inductively derived principles that a system can be constructed at all.

Citation

VICKERY, B.C. (1953), "SYSTEMATIC SUBJECT INDEXING", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 9 No. 1, pp. 48-57. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb026190

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