A Study of Subject Headings vs. User Generated Tags


  • DLIS, Jadavpur University, Kolkata − 700032, West Bengal
  • DLIS, Jadavpur University, Kolkata − 700032, West Bengal




Folksonomy, Library Thing, Subject Heading List, Tagging, User-generated Tags, WorldCat


User-generated tagging or folksonomy is one of the most popular Web 2.0 applications and has attracted the interest of libraries and information centres, which has developed services that facilitate user community collaboration. In the digital environment, social tagging has the potential to overcome certain limitations of traditional subject headings. The main objectives of this research paper are to identify the scope of user-generated tags as compared to Subject Heading Lists and to explore the extent to which these user-generated tags can be used to enhance subject access. In this research paper, the problem is comparison between the Subject heading List and user generated tags. This work is an exploratory research and has followed a case study method. Five searches were performed in Library Thing using its Tag mash feature (essentially a keyword search of the user tag field) using 5 tags. After searching articles and interpreting all data, a comparison between the subject heading list and User-generated tags have been made.


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How to Cite

Dutta, S., & Kumar Das, S. (2022). A Study of Subject Headings vs. User Generated Tags. Journal of Information and Knowledge, 59(3), 177–182. https://doi.org/10.17821/srels/2022/v59i3/168523