For this assignment, you will need access to OCLC WorldCat via the Connexion cataloging client or browser and you will need to have physical custody of a published printed monograph (i.e., a book).† You can select one from your own collection at home or check one out from any library.† The item you select must have a catalog record in OCLC WorldCat.† It doesnít matter how good or bad, complete or incomplete the OCLC bibliographic record is, and it doesnít matter whether the record is coded RDA, AACR2, or other, but there must be some kind of catalog record for that exact edition/manifestation.†
1. Search OCLC Worldcat via the Connexion cataloging client or browser and identify the bibliographic record that corresponds to the item in your custody (must correspond to that exact edition/manifestation).†
2. Print five copies of that record and bring them to class on September 5.
3. Write an essay (typed, double-spaced, please) about that record based on any previous cataloging knowledge you have. You may refer to OCLC bibliographic formats and standards (http://www.oclc.org/bibformats/en/) and any other cataloging reference sources you may wish to consult, but you are not required to consult any particular rules or reference sources. Comment on anything about the record that occurs to you, especially things you donít understand.† Be prepared to discuss your record in class on September 5, and please bring the physical item with you to class also.††
Please submit the essay in class on September 5.
This is the information you will need to access WorldCat via the Connexion browser and/or download OCLC Connexion Client software:
OCLC 3-digit symbol: HUI
OCLC 4-digit symbol: HUIA