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Terminologies Service

Multiple thesauri in a single interface

The Terminologies Service provides access to multiple controlled vocabularies to help you create consistent metadata for your library, museum, or archive collections. Now it's as easy as copy-and-paste into a workform or template once you find a term to use in your description, improving the description of (and access to) your digital and hard copy materials.


The Service can be integrated with Connexion or used as a standalone tool to copy terms into a variety of metadata editors including the one available in OCLC's CONTENTdm software.

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The vocabularies

As the Service grows, so will the number of available vocabularies. Current vocabularies include:

Controlled vocabulary Issuing body MARC 21 source code

Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)®

A vocabulary describing the objects of art as well as the processes and materials from which the objects are made.

The source file is available on the Getty Web site. Copyright © J. Paul Getty Trust. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.

J. Paul Getty Trust aat

Canadian Subject Headings (CSH)

A list of subject headings for Canadian topics not covered in the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH).

The source file is available on the Library and Archives Canada/Bibliothèque et Archives Canada Web site. Copyright © Library and Archives Canada/ Bibliothèque et Archives Canada. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.

Library and Archives Canada/ Bibliothèque et Archives Canada cash

Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Type Vocabulary

A general, cross-domain list of approved terms that may be used as values to identify the genre of a resource.

The source file is available on the DCMI Web site. Copyright ©2010 Dublin Core Metadata Initiative.  All Rights Reserved.  Used with permission.

Dublin Core Metadata Initiative dct

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN)®

A structured vocabulary focusing on places important for the study of art and architecture.

The source file is available on the Getty Web site. Copyright © J. Paul Getty Trust. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.

J. Paul Getty Trust tgn

Guidelines On Subject Access To Individual Works Of Fiction, Drama, Etc., 2nd ed., form and genre

Constitutes a recommendation for national standard practice in the provision of genre and subject access to individual works of fiction, drama, poetry, humor, and folklore in all formats. Machine-readable authority records have been created by Northwestern University for the form/genre headings in chapter 1 of GSAFD.

The source file is available on the Northwestern University's GSAFD Web site. The MARC 21 file is named gsafd.mrc. Used with permission.

American Library Association gsafd

Māori Subject Headings / Ngā Ūpoko Tukutuku

A vocabulary describing material either in or about Māori.

The source file is available on the National Library of New Zealand site . Copyright ©Crown copyright, 2007, http://mshupoko.natlib.govt.nz/mshupoko/, Ngā Ūpoko Tukutuku / Māori Subject Headings, accessed 12 August, 2007, All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.

National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa reo

Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®) 2010

A controlled vocabulary produced by the National Library of Medicine and used for indexing, cataloging, and searching for biomedical and health-related information and documents.

The source file is available on the National Library of Medicine's Web site. Used with permission.

U.S. National Library of Medicine mesh

Newspaper Genre List

A list of standardized terms that may be used to designate the genre of a newspaper.  The perspective and scope of the list reflects the types of papers cataloged by members of the United States Newspaper Program.

The source file is available on the University of Washington's Web site.  Used with permission.

University of Washington ngl

Thesaurus for graphic materials: TGM I, Subject terms

A controlled vocabulary of subject headings that may be used indexing, cataloging and searching for graphic materials. Compiled by Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

The source file is available on the Library of Congress Web site. Used with permission.

Library of Congress Cataloging Distribution Service lctgm

Thesaurus for graphic materials: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms

A controlled vocabulary of genre headings and physical characteristics for graphic materials, aiding in more specific terms for searching, disseminating collection information, and preservation of materials. Compiled by Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

The source file is available on the Library of Congress Web site. Used with permission.

Library of Congress Cataloging Distribution Service gmgpc

Union List of Artist Names (ULAN)®

A structured vocabulary containing names plus biographical and bibliographic information about artists and architects.

The source file is available on the Getty Web site. Copyright © J. Paul Getty Trust. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.

J. Paul Getty Trust ulan

Getting started

If you already have a Connexion or other OCLC cataloging authorization, you may begin using the Terminologies Service immediately. It is available to you as a benefit of your cataloging subscription.

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