School of Information Management & Systems.
245 Organization of Information in Collections.
Assignment 4: Personal Names Due Feb 12.
Use the telnet MELVYL catalog. In indexes, each different name is presumed to be a
If different persons do have the same form of name, they should be
"differentiated", usually by making sure that the name is complete, then
adding birth/death dates and/or other attributes as needed to distinguish
different individuals. (In local, private files one might use a
Social Security no. or other ID.)
Different names (or different forms of name) used
by the same author should be consolidated under a preferred form of her/his
name and/or linked by cross-references so that finding any one form of the
name will find all forms. To "control" such complexity it is common practice
to maintain an "authority file", a list of "established" (approved, authorized)
forms, other forms, and cross-references, with notes citing the evidence used.
(And likewise with variant names of topics in a list of subject headings,
In the GLADIS system a search retrieves a list of headings, when you select
a heading from the list then you retrieve records for documents (books, etc.).
In MELVYL there are two "find" commands: the BROWSE command finds headings (as GLADIS
the FIND command
finds records for documents. In effect, FIND, first performs a BROWSE
to find headings and then automatically continues to retrieve all the records
"posted" to that heading.
Explore this structure in the telnet MELVYL CATALOG.
Do the following in the following order:
1. Do F PA SNODGRASS, QUINTUS CURTIUS How many records?
2. Do F PA T'U-WEN, MA-K'O How many records?
3. Something odd? Do both again and use D REV 444-
after each to see a screen or two of records yielded by each.
4. Check MELVYL's list of authors' names by using the BROWSE command: Try BRO PA SNODGRASS, QUINTUS CURTIUS Who is who?
5. Do F DLA ID 3013380 then D LONG What do you find?
6. Another example: BRO PA SEUSS then SELECT second author: SEL 2
Then, for records of works by this author, do,
e.g. D LONG 53 and D LONG 293 What do you find?
7. George C. Bompas wrote a book about his eccentric brother-in-law called Frank. Can you find it? Frank who?
8. Does MELVYL contain any books by this Frank? You could try F PA
for books by him. You could try BRO PA for the heading for him.
[Note: He lived 1826-1880. He wasn't Frank Merton Buckland or
Frank Morgan Buckland or W. Frank Buckland.]
9. Try F XT CURIOSITIES AND PA BUCKLAND then D REV
10. Do F PA BOMPAS, GEORGE C then do D LONG in order to reveal the
11. If MELVYL didn't find this Frank's books at step 8, why not?
12. What could be done to MELVYL so that these books would have been found by the search command
F PA BUCKLAND, FRANK ?
13. What author's name in the MELVYL CATALOG most closely resembles your own name? Best approach is to use BROWSE PA . Start with BROWSE PA [your own name in full], and then successive approximations (e.g. surname, first name and middle initial; surname first name; surname, truncated first name [e.g. MICH# for Michael]; surname and initials;... ) until you find the best match you can. Then SELECT the name and find a book. What did you find?