Serving as a bridge between the library and statistical components, the thesaurus identifies core concepts derived from scholarship on gender and work, with particular attention to their interrelationship. The thesaurus has three central functions: first, it provides a controlled vocabulary for searching the library, helping researchers link the statistical tables and the library of resources. Its second function is descriptive – that is, it describes the language of the field, and illustrates relationships between terms, concepts and ideas. Finally, its third function is prescriptive in that it seeks to communicate how creators of the GWD 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 GWD’s thesaurus to find key concepts, equivalent terms, semantic relationships, and library subject headings.