Sears' list of subject headings

A set of subject headings first prepared by Minnie Earl Sears (1873-1933) in 1923 and titled List of Subject Headings for Small Public Libraries. The newest edition is Miller & Sears (2004).


Sears' list was made in response to the demands for a list of subject headings that were more suitable for the small public library rather than the American Library Association lists and the Library of Congress Subject Headings. The original work was based on the headings used by nine small libraries.  Ms. Sears though decided to basically follow the form of the Library of Congress subject headings.


For 80 years, Sears' List of Subject Headings has served the needs of small and medium-sized libraries, delivering a basic list of essential headings.






Miller, J. & Sears, M. E. (Eds.). (2004). Sears list of subject headings.18th edition. New York: H. W. Wilson Co.


Satija, M. P. (1998). The sixteenth edition (1987) of the Sears' list of subject headings: Some salient features in historical perspective of its plantinum jubilee year (1998). Knowledge Organization, 25(4), 202-207.  


Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (2006). Minnie Earl Sears.



See also: Subject heading




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Last edited: 26-09-2006