When following a Spectrum procedure, you will often be advised to record something using ‘a standard term source’. But what sources? And where to find them?
Using consistent terms is crucial for retrieving information quickly and accurately when you want it. To help, we’ve drawn up this list of the published term sources we know about, mapped to relevant Spectrum units of information.
This is still a working document, and we need your help. Are there published term sources we have missed? Do you have in-house terms you would be willing to share with us, and possibly with the wider sector?
Please tell us if you use any other term sources than those already listed. We think that some units do not seem to have published sources – but you may know differently. Please download this draft and then head to our term sources feedback form if you can help us fill the gaps.
A term source can be a:
Wordlist: a simply structured set of terms, often organised alphabetically.
Thesaurus: terms arranged in a hierarchy, allowing the selection of more general or specific words, eg the Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT).
Classification: A hierarchical organisation of subjects using codes and numbers, rather than words, eg Iconclass.
Authority: A list containing information about people, persons, organisations and places, eg The Union List of Artist’s Names (ULAN).
Clicking the link on this page will open up the draft in a Word document.