Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Letter to the Editors

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Letter to the Editors

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Dear Editors:

I write regarding the article, "Searching the MLA International Bibliography: All, Nothing, or Something Between? by Harriet Alexander, which appeared in the spring 2001 issue of Reference & User Services Quarterly. As the publisher of the bibliography, we naturally read the article with great interest.

We are concerned about Alexander's comment that, unlike ERIC and PsycLit, the MLA International Bibliography does not "maintain a controlled vocabulary" (230). In fact, since 1981 the MLA bibliography has had a controlled vocabulary. What Alexander refers to as "other changes" in the bibliography (229) in 1981 was actually the first use of the Contextual Indexing and Faceted Taxonomic Access System (CIFT), an indexing system that was developed by scholars in the field, members of the research library community, and specialists in computer technology. This system enables us to categorize entries by subject and to provide a subject index.

CIFT indexes all the works in the bibliography using a file of over 45,000 topical terms and 327,000 personal names and literary works. Both files are available to users of the print bibliography in the subject index and to electronic users through Silver Platter and Ovid software. …

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