Bibliographic control of South Asian P.L. 480 materials in local languages presents numerous problems in spite of the useful aids and services provided by the Library of Congress. In order to record in machine readable form entries for the items received, and to add them to the existing data bank a simple automated system was devised. It consists of sequential and alphabetical listings for each language and a subject index based on a thesaurus of descriptors, taking into account characteristic features of a given language. Instantaneous retrieval via the above-mentioned elements is assured. Furthermore the system provides data for subject content analysis of the collection by language.

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