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Q.  If there is a specific subject heading that covers more than one topic, would I choose that versus a more general heading and a subdivision?

A.  You have to brainstorm about what you think the book is about and then go into the AF to see what you find in terms of a main LCSH. Don’t hesitate to search for phrases in various ways. If you can’t find a complete term you will have to consider adding subdivisions or an additional LCSH. There are broader topics that can cover multiple subjects. Check AF records for the broader topics.

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Q. Would it work to have two topical subdivisions, even if they are separated by another subdivision (like say a chronological one)?

A. Generally two topical subdivisions do not work unless they are established as such or the scope note allows it with the main LCSH. Read the scope notes closely.  If you want to use a word or phrase as a subdivision and it does not work with the main LCSH, then consider it as the main LCSH.  Search the term as a subdivision first to see it if is established as a subdivision and always read the scope note.

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Q. So it wouldn’t work to have two topical subdivisions, even if they are separated by another subdivision (like say a chronological one)?

A. Generally two topical do not work unless they are established as such or the scope note allows it with the main LCSH. Read the scope notes closely. If you want to use as a subd. and it does not work with the main LCSH then consider it as the main LCSH.

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Q. Is there a limit to how many subdivisions we can have in one heading?

A. There is a limit in terms of making sure they work with the main LCSH. Generally, you will have a main LCSH and one topical, one geog. and one form if necessary. You can have a main LCSH and totally different subdivisions.

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Q. In general, a subdivision (if not already established) is created in the same way a subject heading is, right? Just searching for terms that describe the work. And can we add subdivisions to any subject heading as long as the scope notes say it’s okay?

A. Right.

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Q. About scope notes: In general I’m not seeing scope notes in my searches, am I doing something wrong or is it that there aren’t scope notes for it?

A. Notes are in the 6XX tags in the AF records. They are the 680 tags found in subdivision records.

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Q. I know that 2 Subject Headings are required, but is there a requirement for subdivisions?

A. You are required to make the subject heading as specific as possible, that may entail adding subdivisions. In some cases, yes, they are necessary and required.

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