EAD Tag Library for Version 1.0


EAD Elements: <subject> Subject

Description:

A term that identifies a topic associated with or covered by the described materials. Personal, corporate, and geographic names behaving as subjects are tagged as <persname>, <corpname>, and <geogname>, respectively. The ROLE attribute can be set to "subject" when it is necessary to specify the relationship of the name to the materials being described.

All subjects mentioned in a finding aid do not have to be tagged. One option is to tag those subjects for which access other than basic, undifferentiated keyword retrieval is desired. Use of controlled vocabulary forms is recommended to facilitate access to the subjects within and across finding aid systems. The <subject> element may be used in many text elements such as Paragraph <p>. To indicate a subject with major representation in the materials being described, nest <subject> within the <archdesc><controlaccess> element.

Use the SOURCE attribute to specify the vocabulary from which the term has been taken. The AUTHFILENUMBER attribute can be used to identify a link to an authority file record that has more information about the subject or cross references for alternative forms of a subject term.

The <subject> element is comparable to MARC field 650.

May contain:

#PCDATA, emph, extptr, lb, ptr

May occur within:

controlaccess, entry, event, extref, extrefloc, indexentry, item, label, namegrp, p, physdesc, physfacet, ref, refloc, unittitle

Attributes:

ALTRENDER#IMPLIED, CDATA
AUDIENCE#IMPLIED, external, internal
AUTHFILENUMBER#IMPLIED, CDATA
ENCODINGANALOG#IMPLIED, CDATA
ID #IMPLIED, ID
NORMAL#IMPLIED, CDATA
OTHERSOURCE#IMPLIED, CDATA
SOURCE#IMPLIED, aat, aacr2, cdwa, dot, gmgpc, lcnaf, lcsh, lctgm, local, mesh, mim, ncarules, nmc, rad, rbgenr, tgn, ulan, othersource

Examples:

<archdesc level="collection" langmaterial="eng">
<did>[...]</did>
<controlaccess><head>Selected Search Terms</head>
[other possible elements and text... ]
<controlaccess><head>Subjects:</head>
<subject encodinganalog="650">Alien and Sedition laws, 1798</subject>
<subject encodinganalog="650">American Confederate voluntary exiles</subject>
<subject encodinganalog="650">Kentucky and Virginia resolutions of 1798</subject>
</controlaccess>
</controlaccess>
[other possible elements and text... ]
</archdesc>


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