Recommendations

It is always beneficial to have previously established thesauri at hand when one is about to create one’s own thesaurus. Other thesauri are useful for providing a glimpse at how other indexers have classified a similar concept.One may then construct the same relationship between terms, or construct a different relationship if one prefers another method of classification. Other thesauri are also helpful in providing indexers with term selection ideas that he or she may not have previously thought of. It is especially useful if one is able to find a thesaurus that is designed for a particular subject that corresponds with one’s own subject. For example, the ASIS Thesaurus of Library and Information Science was invaluable in providing starting points in the construction of concepts and terms during the construction of this thesaurus. I would recommend the ASIS Thesaurus for future usage regarding this thesaurus. Furthermore, with the advent of modern-day technology, many thesauri are now available on the World Wide Web. The ERIC Thesaurus and the ASIS Thesaurus are examples of such thesauri. Easily accessible, these thesauri are searchable and browsable, and are easier to browse through than print versions because one could enter a specific search term. The usage of hyperlinks that connects numerous different terms is also an advantage that a Web thesaurus has over a print thesaurus. Most importantly, many of these thesauri are provided free of charge.

Another recommendation for the construction of a thesaurus is to always have end user needs in mind. Therefore, it is essential during the process of facet analyses to think of what terms would best benefit users who would use this thesaurus. One should be clearly aware of the intended users for a particular thesaurus. That way, one could create facets and terms in the context of the intended audience. For example, a medical thesaurus would contain medical terms that may confuse a law student, but would be greatly useful to a medical student, and so on.Of course, one should also attempt to make the thesaurus universally applicable so that all users could use the thesaurus with ease. As well, it is important to adhere to the indexable concepts pulled from the subject statements created.