Types of Subject Headings

In the LCSH, subject heading types are grouped by the number of words that comprise the heading, and also by word order.

Heading type

Domestic animals
two-word, inverted
Animals, Fossil
Adaptation (Biology)
class first; narrowed either by invertion, subdivision, or ( )
   three+ words

AND - express relationship
Computers and college students
AND - combine similar headings
Educational tests and measurements
Prep. phrases - normal word order
Education of princes in literature
Prep. phrases - inverted
Plants--Effect of pesticides on

Most  names (personal, corporate, events, etc.) are not listed in the LCSH.

Geographical names are traditionally inverted to keep the generic terms from being the main focus.

Lake Springfield (Ill.)

USE  Springfield, Lake (Ill.)

Definition of Subject Headings
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Types of Subject Headings
Types of Subdivisions
Example LCSH Entry