History of Medicine
IndexCat™ -- Two Forms of Author Names
Question: Why in Index-Catalogue are there two forms of author entries?
There are two forms because the Index-Catalogue collection includes both book and journal literature. The Library applied a long form of name, when available, (last name, first name, initials, date) to books and other monographs. This is consistent with current cataloging policy for LocatorPlus®. Journal articles and other analytic materials contain the short name form (last name, initials). This is similar but not identical to shortened names in MEDLINE. The Index-Catalogue collection currently contains punctuation and spaces between each initial. MEDLINE does not.
- Book example:
- IndexCat: Hunter, John, 1728-1793.
- LocatorPlus: Hunter, John, 1728-1793.
- Journal example:
- IndexCat: Smith, R. W.
- MEDLINE: Smith RW