School of Information Management & Systems. Spring 2003.
245   Organization of Information in Collections.   M. Buckland.
Optional Assignment: Entry Vocabulary Indexes.
"Entry vocabulary indexes" (aka Relative indexes) lead from searchers' ordinary language ("query vocabulary") to the headings used in an information system ("entry vocabulary"). Use Netscape and a Berkeley IP address.
Warning: Connection to CDL databases not working as of 5/5/03.

1. Go to and let the graphic top left cycle through its routine until it repeats. Click to the Prototypes page at In the first box, 1. Search for an English language LC subject heading enter the query "Peanut butter", then click on GO to obtain a ranked list of lick on the button next to item 5 "Peanut butter", then scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Show LCSH List". What broader and narrower terms does LCSH provide?

2. Return to the previous screen and, instead, click on "Show related words" to obtain a ranked list of words statistically associated with the LCSH "Peanut butter". Note the two most highly ranked that you did not find listed as related in step #1.

3. Return to and search for foreign words closely associated with the LCSH Peanut butter. Note an example.

4. Go back and click on "More prototype EVMs (3 - 8)" to reach, scroll down to 5. Patents, change the right hand menu box from "International" to "US", then click on GO. Enter peanut butter as a search request and observe the result. Click on the lowest little circle of the first ranked result, where it says "In butter form (426/633.00)"
Then above that entry select Search U.S. Patents Database with a selected code and submit selection to go find patents. The Berkeley prototype forwards your query to the US Patent & Trademark Office. You should get a list of patents assigned that classification number in a window. Click on one and take a look. Patents look a bit like overgrown MARC records.

5. Now for a mapping between system vocabularies. Delete the Patent Office webpage window. Return to the pale yellow page listing U.S. Patents Classification Codes with the peanut butter result. This time select Look up International Patents Classification codes associated with selected US code then click on Submit Search. A short ranked list of International Patent codes associated with Peanut butter in the corresponding International Patent Classification maintained by the World Intellectual Property Organisation should result. Can you find a patent at the WIPO website? Use guest as UserID and as password if prompted.

6. Return to, to 6. Library of Congress Classification (LCC). What are the leading LCC numbers and LCSH for "Alien life forms"?

7. Return to, select the INSPEC "General" database, and try a search for Organization of Information in Collections. In ranked list, click box next to Information systems, scroll down, select Search Thesaurus then Submit Selection. When Information Systems appears, positioned in its hierarchy, try navigating the INSPEC Thesaurus by clicking on any one other term then scroll down, select Search Thesaurus then Submit Selection. Repeat as interested, then, to search in the INSPEC database of the California Digital Library, scroll down, select Search Database then Submit Selection.

8. Return to and try a search for Galileo in each of the three specialized subdomains of INSPEC: Biotechnology; Information Studies; and Water, writing down the top-listed INSPEC Thesaurus term. What did you get? Can you explain any differences?

Optional 1: Do some recreational searching in any database. What did you find?
Optional 2: For an introduction to work on entry vocabulary indexes at SIMS see: "Mapping Entry Vocabulary to Unfamiliar Metadata Vocabularies." D-Lib Magazine Vol.5 No.1 January 1999.