Section 2
Collecting Terms

Thesaurus construction requires collecting a set of terms. Some of these will end up becoming preferred terms and others may not appear in the thesaurus at all in their original form, but they may suggest concepts that need to be covered in some way.

Sources of Terms

Sources from which terms can be collected include

What Kinds of Terms Should You Collect?

Where possible, terms in a thesaurus should be nouns or noun phrases.

A term should be general enough that it might be used to index a number of items. For example, a thesaurus usually does not include proper names.

But a term should not be so general that it might be used to index too many of the items in the thesaurus' subject area.

For example, the term "NEWS" would not be much use in a thesaurus for indexing news items.

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