Check the serial publication in hand for the mention of a comparable title, serial or nonserial, and consult an appropriate cataloging database for helpful suggestions contained in the subject headings for those works. Publications that are similar in content may be cited as such in the new serial’s editorial commentary. Such publications may appear in the form of publishers’ advertisements in the issues at hand. Monographs on the same subject as the serial, judging from the similarity of primary words in the titles, might be found in the book review section. Such monographs or serials may be cited in the references or bibliographies of articles.

This technique is based on the assumption that publications truly similar in subject matter ought to be consistently receiving the same or similar subject headings.

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15.4. Strategies for streamlining subject analysis