content analysis

n.A methodology to appraise records by considering the significance of the informational value and the quality of information contained in the records.DescriptionThe process of examining a work to determine its subjects, especially for purposes of writing an abstract or assigning access points.


Content analysis assesses quality in terms of the time span, the completeness, and the level of detail of the information contained in records.


Ham 1993, p. 64 Content analysis: The archivist must evaluate the significance of the subjects or topics documented in the records and then determine how well the information in the records document those subjects or topics.