What are subject headings?
|Natural language||Library of Congress subject headings (controlled vocabulary)
|French art collectors and collections||>||Biography. Art--Collectors and collecting--France|
|Biographical resources on Chinese scientists||>||Biography. Scientists--China
|Methodist clergy biographies from England||>||Biography Methodist Church--England--Clergy|
How can subject headings help me find thematic biographies?
Hey! Sometimes the language in LC subject headings is offensive!
Yes. Library of Congress subject headings can sometimes demonstrate cultural or gender bias. This is a growing field of research in library & information sciences. Here's an interesting article on changes in subject headings:
Search tip: use biography lesbian, biography homosexual, etc. as browse subject search terms instead of biography LBGTQ (the acronym isn't a Library of Congress subject heading).
In relation to biography, prosopography is:
Search tip: if you're searching for political resources, try biography feminism in the browse search function.
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