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A simple term list (a "pick list") _____ semantic relationships among terms

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Complete the sentence below by filling in the blanks.

A simple term list (a "pick list") _____ semantic relationships among terms.


A) does not show

B) shows


A) does not show

A simple term list (a "pick list") does not show semantic relationships among terms.

Some types and examples of Controlled Vocabulary are: 

1. Simple Term Lists (Pick Lists)
2. Thesauri
3. Subject Heading Lists (e.g. LCSH, SLSH)
4. Authority Files (e.g. LCNAF)
5. Taxonomies
6. Alphanumeric Classification Schemes (e.g., LCC, DDC, UDC)
7. Ontologies
8. Folksonomies

Simple Term Lists (Pick Lists)

Controlled vocabularies appear in a variety of forms. One such form is the “simple term list” (sometimes called a pick list). This refers to a limited set of terms arranged as a simple alphabetical list or a list that is arranged in some other logically evident order.

These Simple Term Lists (or Pick Lists) are not concerned with semantic relationships. They’re used to describe properties that tend to have a limited number of possibilities.

Examples might be geographic areas (maybe a list of countries or states or cities); maybe a list of languages; or perhaps a list of formats (which might include terms such as text or sound or image). They may be presented as pull-down menus in the cataloging system, so that they are available for easy use. 

Two examples of simple term lists are (a) An alphabetical list of states, e.g., Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Delaware... (b) A list of terms based on physical order or spatial contiguity, e.g., Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars ... 

Simple term lists need not be hierarchical, if the list is short and there is some intuitive way of navigating the list, it can be useful without further structure.



1. Janis L. Young and  Daniel N. Joudrey, Library of Congress, "Library of Congress Subject Headings: Online Training," (accessed May 1, 2020).

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