Thesaurus users should apply the following basic rules of indexing to ensure consistency
of subject access to literacy collections in various centres:
Avoid using general descriptors such as "Approaches",
"Education", "Literacy", etc. Prefer specific terms such as
"Modular approach", "Liberatory education", "Aboriginal language
Use as many subject descriptors as needed to fully
describe the contents of a document.
Thesaurus descriptors are not mutually exclusive. More than one subject descriptor will be
needed to describe most documents.
For example, a document describing "a pilot literacy program organized by a library
and offered to women only on a part-time basis" will be indexed with the following
Library literacy programs
Part time literacy programs
Make use of the semantic structure of the Thesaurus.
Consult the list of broader terms, narrower terms, and related terms attached to each
descriptor chosen as an index term. These relationships define the meaning of a
descriptor, and they suggest other index terms that may be pertinent.
Use specific identifiers when appropriate.
Identifiers are names of individuals (e.g., "Freire, Paulo"), organizations
(e.g., "UNESCO"), or geographic place names (e.g., "New York"). These
names are not included in the Thesaurus.
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