Serving as a bridge between the library and statistical components, the thesaurus identifies core concepts derived from scholarship on employment standards. The ESD thesaurus has four central functions. First, it provides a controlled vocabulary for searching the library, helping researchers link the statistical tables and the library resources. Its second function is descriptive — that is, it describes the language of the field, and illustrates relationships between terms, concepts and ideas. Its third function is to facilitate comparison across national states given the diversity of terms that can be used to describe similar phenomena and the use of the same term to mean different things in different contexts. The thesaurus provides country-level descriptors to assist users in researching employment standards at multiple levels and across nation states. Finally, its fourth function is prescriptive in that it seeks to communicate how creators of the ESD understand certain ideas, and the connections between them.
This tutorial explains how to use the thesaurus tool, what a controlled vocabulary is, and how to understand the thesaurus search results.
Search the ESD’s thesaurus to find key concepts, equivalent terms, semantic relationships, and library subject headings.