I don't think there is any guidance on this Mary Jane. I frequently use strings if the totality of the string best conveys the field of activity. For example, American literature has a very different meaning than American literature--History and criticism. As does Japan versus Japan--Social life and customs.
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I thought there was a previous thread on whether to prefer coding whole LCSH strings or just facets of them in authority 372 (Field of activity), but am unable to find one. Can anyone assist? (Or point to some documentation that addresses this?) It would be good to know the reasoning behind the best practice too. Our NACO group is wondering, and I want to offer them the current PCC thinking; consensus would be ideal, but unresolved is okay too if that’s where we are.
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