Authority (librarianship)

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November 28, 2021

The term authority in library terminology refers to a verified and unified selection data (password), which describes documents and is used to search them in library catalogs.

Division

Authorities are divided into nouns (names of persons, families and families, names of events and corporations, etc.) and substantive ones (factual topics, geographical terms, forms and genres, chronological terms, etc.). Authorities, resp. authority records are concentrated in databases, so-called authority files, mostly as part of a library catalog. The main and most important element of an authority record is the header, ie the form of the verbal expression for the given term that was chosen as preferred. Authority records may also contain references to other forms of headings (eg pseudonyms of persons, synonyms, etc.) and notes (eg brief biographical information about a person, etc.).

External links

Pictures, sounds or videos about authority on Wikimedia Commons Authority (librarianship) in the Czech Terminological Database of Librarianship and Information Science (TDKIV) Portal of the National Authority of the Czech Republic Database of national authorities of the National Library of the Czech Republic Set of authorities - password in the Czech Terminological Database of Library and Information Science

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