Recent Books Cataloged at the Library of Congress
A Selected List of Titles, with Online Tables of Contents,
Summaries, or Sample Pages
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About the Recent Books Guides
The Recent Books Guides list selected monographs on a range of
topics in business
and economics, the humanities
and social sciences, and science
and technology. These titles, which, in general, were added
to the Library of Congress collections since 2000, were
selected through one of several catalog enrichment projects projects
sponsored by the Library of Congress' Bibliographic Enrichment Advisory
Team (BEAT) in which
the tables of contents, publishers' summaries, and/or selected pages
are available online.
All of the Table of Contents (TOC) and Summaries projects are
designed to link the online data with underlying MARC records using
access through the World Wide Web to present the information to
users of the Library's online catalog and Web pages. Hyper-links
from the table of contents or publisher's summary to the catalog
record, and the reverse, allow researchers to move from or to the
Library's online catalog where they can make additional searches
for related or other material. The controlled vocabulary as used
in subject assignment is added to the HTML keyword meta tags, providing
additional search points to the material in the TOC or summary record.
In the Digital Table of Contents and the BeCites Plus projects,
the process involves scanning and optical character recognition
and utilizes programs written in the Cataloging Directorate to automate
much of the work. In the ONIX and CIP projects, TOC and/or summary
data is received directly from the publishers in electronic form.
Programming developed by a BEAT team member utilizes the data to
create table of contents or summary records that the Library makes
available on the Web.
In the ONIX Sample Texts Project, the Library makes use of sample
texts for selected books that the publishers have made available
online, such as a first chapter, content from the book jacket, or
images. This project makes links from LC catalog records to copies
of these sample texts, which, with the publisher's permission, have
been stored at the Library to insure long-term availabilty.