Answered By: Poh Lay TAN
Last Updated: Jun 11, 2015     Views: 8886

FindMore@NUSL draws articles and books data from thousands of sources including different databases, publishers and catalogues. A lot of these sources also provide subject related data which is listed under the filter "Subject Terms" in FindMore@NUSL.

However because the subject term data is drawn from many different sources using different systems of classification, the terms used will not be standardised. So for example some articles or books might have the subject term cars, while others might have the subject term automobiles despite having the same topic.

Also some articles or books may be classified at a very broad level such as Physics, while others might have more specific or granular subject terms like thermodynamics. As such when filtering by Subject Terms in FindMore@NUSL, you should be careful.

In comparison, the disciplines listed in FindMore@NUSL are standardised. Almost all items in FindMore@NUSL (except newspaper articles and some unique content types) are mapped to 59 standard disciplines (list of disciplines)

Some of them include

  • Architecture
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Computer science
  • Dentistry
  • Economics
  • Ecology
  • Engineering
  • Geography
  • Government
  • Medicine & more.

These disciplines are broad level filters, to provide a first cut to filter down to discipline specific material. If necessary, you can further filter down using Subject Terms which can be more granular.

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