Conclusion

After all of these steps have been completed, what is created is a comprehensive list of terms which should be specific to the user groups' needs and allow for easy access to appropriate terms. The very last thing to do in the thesaurus construction process is to upload the final terms which have been created into a thesaurus construction software program (Appendix 3).

The thesaurus construction process is not linear. Some subjective decisions must be made and often there is a need to go back and re-evaluate some previous choices. Since the primary function of the thesaurus is information retrieval, it is important to keep the end-user in mind during the entire construction process. The thesurus is meant to be a finding tool for the users and, therefore, should be constructed to fulfill the primary users' needs.


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