Data Value Standards
Below are some of the established lists used when inputting data elements. Using an established
list of terms (controlled vocabulary) ensures consistency when describing physical materials or
digital objects and can improve the quality of search results by the end user.
Minnesota Place Names
Look up Minnesota cities, townships and villages, counties, and people. Online access is
provided by the Minnesota Historical Society.
If you have an OCLC Cataloging subscription you have access to the OCLC Terminologies Service,
which provides one-stop access to many of more common thesauri listed below. To find out more
visit the Terminologies page on the OCLC website.
Art and Architecture
Created and maintained by the Getty Research Institute, this list includes terms relating to fine
art, architecture, decorative arts, archival materials, and material culture. It is used by
catalogers and/or indexers to describe works of art, architecture, material culture, archival
materials, visual surrogates, or bibliographic materials.
Faceted Application of Subject Terminology (FAST)
Adapted from the Library of Congress Subject Headings, FAST is a simplified controlled vocabulary
from which terms can be assigned and used by non-professional catalogers and/or indexers.
Getty Thesaurus of
Provides terminology about places important to various disciplines that specialize in art,
architecture, and material culture.
Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)
Access to Library of Congress Subject Headings is available from the Library of Congress. After
clicking on the link above, limit your search by selecting "Subject Authority Headings" from the
Library of Congress Name Authority File
After clicking on the link above, limit your search by selecting "Name Authority Headings" from
the drop down menu.
National Agricultural Library Agricultural
Over 110,000 agricultural terms produced by the National Agricultural Library.
Thesaurus for Graphic Materials
Compiled and maintained by the Library of Congress, this thesaurus contains more than 7,000
subject and genre/format terms used to describe visual materials.
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