Thanks to all of you who have responded.
A syllabus is the written description of a university course, usually
o administrative information
(name of course, place, number of credits)
but more importantly
o a statement of the major themes of the course (not always included)
o a list of the major books used in the course
o the description and readings required for each class, including
o a thematic title ("The Colonial City")
o sometimes, a textual description of the theme in a couple of
o the books and pages from those books to be read for that class
o additional readings not included in the list of major readings.
A good example of a syllabus that includes all of these modules is
Our overall syllabus page is at:
My major interest is in allowing our readers to be able to explore certain
parts across syllabi -- the major readings, the statements of purpose --
that is, essentially to do a database type of retrieval. Let's say
a publisher wants to know which courses are adopting his/her book, this
would be one way. Or an author wants to know what types of courses
are using his/her book.
Or I want to compare the thematic introductions for all courses on
the Asian city.
Given this information on syllabi and my goals, should I pursue the
suggestions given me so far, or does it make sense to use a database?
Forgive me for my ignorance, in advance!