Library of Congress Classification
The general scheme used within CyberStacks(sm) has been adapted from the
most recent edition of the LC Classification Outline (Washington: Library of Congress, 1990).
As resources are incorporated within CyberStacks(sm), the classification
outline will be refined, with more specific subject categories and their
associated ranges added for each class and subclass.
While an increasing number of sites are adopting the Library of Congress
classification scheme as a system for organizing WWW and other Internet
resources, most notably the WWW Virtual Library, specific relationships to
other resources are not indicated. Typically, selected resources are classified
only at a broad level, and within particular classified groups,
only listed alphabetically. While a listing within a broad category does offer the user some assistance in identifying
relevant resources, such an arrangement requires a user to review an entire
list to be assured that an appropriate resource has not been overlooked.
We believe that a more comprehensive application of the Library of Congress classification
system, as it has been implemented within the current version of
CyberStacks(sm), offers the value-added structure, organization, context, and
an appropriate level of specificity and description, that enhances the efficiency and effectiveness
in identifying and using relevant and related WWW and other Internet