DISCLAIMER: I’m not asking anyone to incur trouble at work or to violate any license arrangements they may have, so please use your own best judgment in replying. (The reason for the disclaimer will become evident later.)
Now then, to my issue.
I’m looking for a soft copy of the LCSH in a format that allows searching and manipulation on a field by field basis. Therefore, it would optimally be in some Windows-friendly format like Excel or Access; a PDF dump would be useless. In the system I am building, I will need to be able to perform searches to identify See and Use For references. I can go into further details of the project, if you want, but it’s not essential to frame my question.
You would think that the subject headings list of our national library would be freely available online, but this is very evidently not the case. What I have found, on the LOC website itself, is a download that is utterly unlike any format I have ever seen. I have also seen something called ClassWeb, which seems to offer the type of data I need–but at a cost of hundreds of dollars.
Naturally I’ve contacted my university library with this plea and explained why I want this data and how I plan to use it, but nothing stops me from checking out other possible avenues while I wait for them to get back to me.
In short, then, I’m wondering if anyone can point me in the right direction. Maybe there’s some obscure website that provides this data, although I have not been able to find it. Maybe there’s a place where I can get the contents of a prior edition, which would be fine. I don’t need to have the most current version. Also, I only need the 'F’s. If you don’t know where I can go to get this for free, or very little money, I’m hoping that someone has an old copy of this data on a disc someplace, and would be able to upload it and send it to me. If you have a ClassWeb account, and your license would allow you to do this for me with the current data, that would be ideal.