Graduate Research Papers


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The purpose of this study was to explore the variety of realistic fiction topical subject headings in a middle school library compared to the language commonly used by adolescents in their catalog searches. The research sought to find which topics were most popular among adolescents reading contemporary realistic fiction, how well BISAC tags correspond with Sears subject headings, and how teacher librarians can improve catalog searches for students. This summative analysis examined existing documents to find the frequencies of the various Sears/BISAC subject headings and analyzed the similarities and differences between the two. The study found a wide range of discrepancies between coding systems and recommended using more than one set of subject headings in the middle school catalog.

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Master of Arts


Department of Library Science


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