Catalog or Catalogue?: Examining a Library Dilemma

Beall, Jeffrey Catalog or Catalogue?: Examining a Library Dilemma., 2004 UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished) [Other]


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The variant spellings catalog and catalogue create problems for librarianship by causing confusion, hindering research, and betraying the standardization the profession values. The predominant spelling in Britain (catalogue) differs from the predominant spelling in the U.S. (catalog), but within the U.S. both spellings are commonly used. Both of these different practices create inconsistencies. Although the spelling catalog has long been prescribed in the U.S., it has not fully caught on. The spelling catalog is far more common on the Web than catalogue. The best solution to this dilemma for librarians may be to not use this outmoded term at all.

Item type: Other
Keywords: catalog, catalogue, cataloging, cataloguing, American English, British English, spelling
Subjects: I. Information treatment for information services > IA. Cataloging, bibliographic control.
Depositing user: Jeffrey Beall
Date deposited: 22 Nov 2005
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:02


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