EER 500 – Module 1

Module 1 Activity:

Discovering and retrieving the text:  Utopia, by Sir Thomas More

Elements and attributes useful in discovering and retrieving the book, Utopia, by Sir Thomas More:

First, I began by looking at the FRBR four levels of items, manifestations, expressions and works.  I was looking for an individual item, the book Utopia, the translated and edited edition.  The manifestation was the second edition by Norton; the expression was the translation by Robert M. Adams and the works is Utopia, by Sir Thomas More

The task of finding this particular book involved first, knowing what I was looking for.  Then identifying the assigned name of the book, i.e. Utopia, by Sir Thomas More, second edition, Translated and edited by Robert M. Adams.

In selecting the book, I need to consider certain attributes such as content, date of publication, form – in book form.  Also, I may like to consider some other attributes such as authorship, credibility, difficulty – will this translation be easy to understand and is it faithful to the original version?  Another attribute might be level of condensation – how much has the expression of the original work been changed through the translation.

I searched through both library catalogues and online bookstores and found the most comprehensive bibliographic information to be on :

·         Full bibliographic data for Utopia



Authors and contributors

By (author) Sir Thomas More, Volume editor Robert M. Adams

Physical properties

Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 272
Width: 130 mm
Height: 211 mm
Thickness: 14 mm
Weight: 282 g


College/higher education




ISBN 13: 9780393961454
ISBN 10: 0393961451


BISAC category code: PHI012000
Dewey: 335.2
LC classification: HX810.5.E5
Nielsen BookScan Product Class: F1.1
BISAC category code: POL005000


2, Revised

Edition statement

2nd Revised edition


WW Norton & Co

Imprint name

WW Norton & Co

Publication date

06 March 1992

Publication City/Country

New York/US

Main description

“Backgrounds” is designed to assist student readers in an appreciation ofUtopia by shedding light on the different points of view contemporarywith More’s work. Included are new selections from Saint Benedict and Tasso, as well as amedieval satire on the land of Cockayne. “The Humanist Circle”, a carefully chosen selection of letters, includesanother important contribution by Erasmus. “Criticism” includes five new thought-provoking essays by Alistair Fox,Edward L. Surtz, G. R. Elton, Northrop Frye, and Robert M. Adams. Also new are selections from two modern anti-utopias orquasi-utopias—Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and B. F. Skinner’sWalden Two—plus a selection from Edward Bellamy’s once futuristic butnow almost contemporary Looking Backward, which may be compared andcontrasted with More’s masterpiece. An updated Selected Bibliography is also included

FRBR four levels:

  1. Items – an individual object – has a physical form
  2. Manifestations – a version such as a particular printing – could be a single copy or thousands of copies depending on the printing.
  3. Expressions – how the work is expressed, e.g. different languages in translation
  4. Works – consists of content such as a novel, or could be an anthology – a series of works.

FRBR user tasks:

  1. Find
  2. Identify – sometimes a uniquely assigned number, assigned names
  3. Select – need to consider particular attributes; sometimes these are considered when searching but not always; content is also a consideration, i.e. the currency of content, a date; the amount of content – how many words; the form of a work, i.e. a map, website, book, film etc.
  4. Obtain
  5. Navigate

Relevance criteria are the attributes used to select resources (Hider, p. 27, 2012):

  • Aboutness
  • Accuracy
  • Aesthetic value
  • Authorship
  • Credibility
  • Difficulty
  • Diversity of content
  • Importance
  • Informativeness
  • Interesting content
  • Level of condensation
  • Logical relevance
  • Novelty
  • Pertinence

A lot of new vocabulary and concepts to learn and understand!


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