Family relationships

 

Today I came across an instance which gave me a little ‘project’ to do.

 

 

I noticed when cataloguing an item that there were two similar subject heading strings in our database:

Drug addicts–United States–Family relationships

and

Drug addicts–Family relationships–United States

Obviously only one was correct.  So… I looked up Family relationships and found that it had this lovely little note after it (May Subd Geog) which alerted me to the fact that the second instance above is the correct one.

I wondered if it was something I should be concerned about.  I then searched subject keyword Family relationships and found that there were 80 instances in our database where the place was input before Family relationships incorrectly.  Another project…. just what I need.  😉   Since many of these records were imported from other libraries, I thought I’d give you a ‘heads up’.

The rule is:

Place $z geographic subdivisions after the last subject heading or subdivision that can be subdivided geographically.

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One response to “Family relationships

  1. Joseph Frawley

    I previously worked at a special library dedicated to Native American studies, where I took great pains to correct headings with misplaced geographic subdivisions. The problem is that only some, not all, of the subdivisions following the Indians of North America heading are geographically subdivisible- so you had to watch out for them. Here is a little cheat sheet I made, if it helps anybody:

    Geographically subdivisible subdivisions of Indians of North America heading, transcribed from LCSH 25th edition

    Indians of North America (May Subd Geog)
    -Agriculture (May Subd Geog)
    -Alcohol use (May Subd Geog)
    -Anthropometry (May Subd Geog)
    -Boats (May Subd Geog)
    -Civil rights (May Subd Geog)
    -Claims against (May Subd Geog)
    -Clothing (May Subd Geog)
    -Colonization (May Subd Geog)
    -Commerce (May Subd Geog)
    -Craniology (May Subd Geog)
    -Crimes against (May Subd Geog)
    -Cultural assimilation (May Subd Geog)
    -Dental care (May Subd Geog)
    -Dentistry (May Subd Geog)
    -Diseases (May Subd Geog)
    -Domestic animals (May Subd Geog)
    -Drug use (May Subd Geog)
    -Dwellings (May Subd Geog)
    -Education (May Subd Geog)
    -Education (Higher) (May Subd Geog)
    -Employment (May Subd Geog)
    -Ethnobotany (May Subd Geog)
    -Ethnozoology (May Subd Geog)
    -First contact with Europeans (May Subd Geog)
    -Fishing (May Subd Geog)
    -Food (May Subd Geog)
    -Funereal customs and rites (May Subd Geog)
    -Gambling (May Subd Geog)
    -Games (May Subd Geog)
    -Health and hygiene (May Subd Geog)
    -Hospital care (May Subd Geog)
    -Hospitals (May Subd Geog)
    -Housing (May Subd Geog)
    -Hunting (May Subd Geog)
    -Implements (May Subd Geog) -Industries (May Subd Geog)
    -Jewelry (May Subd Geog)
    -Kinship (May Subd Geog)
    -Land tenure (May Subd Geog)
    -Legal status, laws etc. (May Subd Geog)
    -Marriage customs and rites (May Subd Geog)
    -Material culture (May Subd Geog)
    -Medals (May Subd Geog)
    -Medical care (May Subd Geog)
    -Medicine (May Subd Geog)
    -Mental health (May Subd Geog)
    -Mental health services (May Subd Geog)
    -Missions (May Subd Geog)
    -Mixed descent (May Subd Geog)
    -Money (May Subd Geog)
    -Museums (May Subd Geog)
    -Pensions (May Subd Geog)
    -Public welfare (May Subd Geog)
    -Recreation (May Subd Geog)
    -Relocation (May Subd Geog)
    -Research (May Subd Geog)
    -Scholarship, fellowship, etc. (May Subd Geog)
    -Services for (May Subd Geog)
    -Sports (May Subd Geog)
    -Study and teaching (May Subd Geog)
    -Suffrage (May Subd Geog)
    -Suicidal behavior (May Subd Geog)
    -Taxation (May Subd Geog)
    -Tobacco use (May Subd Geog)
    -Transportation (May Subd Geog)
    -Trapping (May Subd Geog)
    -Tribal citizenship (May Subd Geog)
    -Urban residence (May Subd Geog)
    -Warfare (May Subd Geog)
    -Wars (May Subd Geog)
    -Wounds and injuries (May Subd Geog)

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