This Society of American Archivists presentation (Chicago, Ill., 2007)explores controlled vocabulary, which is a collection of preferred terms used to categorize content. A controlled vocabulary is considered necessary in order to reconcile all variations on search terms used to express a concept, and to differentiate among all possible meanings of a word.

Subject searching in a digital environment is a major form of access to information; researchers looking for information on the same topic do not necessarily think of the same vocabulary to search for it.


bibliographic control, authority control, Contentdm

Date of this Version

September 2007