Selected Library of Congress Rule Interpretations for Chapter 2
The last sentence of rule 2.0B1 allows the cataloger to treat as a single chief source successive leaves or pages. The intent of this provision is not to combine separate title pages, however. Separate title pages usually repeat everything. The intent is for a spread of single title page data. It is true that in such a spread some elements may be repeated (as the provision recognizes). A tip-off that this provision is applicable is either no repetition or a partial repetition. Conversely, complete repetition is a tip-off of non-applicability.
Below are some examples of different types of edition statements.
Apply the option according to the statements in LCRI 1.2B4. Also, do not make up edition statements from information gleaned from introductions, prefaces, etc. Such information may be quoted in a note if considered important.
1 v. (unpaged)
N.B. The Library of Congress applies the LCRI as written, which results in a reduction of data given in the bibliographic record. Other libraries may wish in certain or indeed in all cases to give the fuller data without this reduction. In this respect bibliographic records must be considered equally valid or "correct," no matter which of the two practices is followed. This policy is especially important in the context of LC's handling records originally created by other libraries when LC is using them in its own cataloging: the fuller data should be left "as is."
LC practice: Give the number of leaves or pages of plates after the paging if the leaves or pages of plates are numbered. If the leaves or pages of plates are unnumbered, give the number only when the plates clearly represent an important feature of the book. Otherwise, generally do not count unnumbered leaves or pages of plates.
In recording bibliographic details for books that have been, or will be, bound by someone other than the publisher, formulate volume and illustration statements in the physical description and note areas based on the book as issued by the publisher rather than as bound after publication. For example, if a separately issued "volume 1" and "volume 2" of a monograph is bound by a library in one physical volume, "2 v." is the correct volume statement, not "2 v. in 1."
For ephemeral and "made up" sets lacking a collective title, base the volume and illustration statements on the library's copy and binding.
Incomplete Multipart Items
500 ## $a No more published
If only one volume was published, combine in a single note a quotation of the part designation (as opposed to recording this designation in the title and statement of responsibility area) and the cataloger's statement "No more published."
500 ## $a "Volume I." No more published
500 ## $a "Book one, Lacson as a newspaperman." No more published
In records created by other agencies or libraries, generally accept the information already in the record unless it is obviously wrong.
For books, generally restrict the making of the note about the nature, scope, or artistic form of the item to the situations covered below. For books that are belles lettres, record in a note the term for the literary form only when the title is misleading. Do not consider titles of literary works misleading simply because they are fanciful.
1) the item is in one or more of the following languages: Amharic, Armenian, Arabic, Georgian, Persian, Ottoman Turkish, or Turkish;
2) the item is in a non-Slavic language
3) the item is in a language indigenous to one or more of the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tibet, or Vietnam;
4) the item is in a language indigenous
Literary Form Note
When giving the literary form note, base it on the following literary forms: drama; fiction; poetry; literature (used for an item containing works in more than one form). The note should be worded according to the cataloger's approximation of the publication; the words chosen do not necessarily have to use one of the terms listed above (e.g., "Plays" instead of "Drama").
If the variant title being recorded in a note appears in a source that meets the criteria for an added title page, record the note as "Title on added t.p." followed by a colon-space and the title. If the variant title appears in another source, specify its location (e.g., "Title on p.  of cover:"). There is no situation for which the notes "Added title." or "Added title:" or "Added t.p.:" are appropriate. If a title in another language appears prominently on the publication, record the title in a note and make an added entry for it. (It does not matter if the source is an added title page or if there is text in the language of the title.)
If a binder's title varies significantly from the title proper of the item, record it in a note and make an added entry for it. If a monograph has been bound only for LC's collections (i.e., it was not bound by the publisher or it was not one of the multiple copies that were bound subsequent to publication as part of a cooperative acquisitions program), give only the note and not the added entry. In such a case, make the note a copy-specific one (LCRI 1.7B20), e.g., "LC copy has binder's title: …" In case of doubt, do not assume that the item was bound only for LC.
When cataloging a republication (a reissue of a previously published edition by another publisher without change in text), make a note for the previous edition if the information is readily available. Ordinarily begin the note with the phrase "Originally published" (or "Previously published" if the data for the original are not available), followed by a colon-space. (If the republication is a facsimile reproduction, see 1.11.) Include details of publication, etc., and other information appropriate to the particular case. For series, when the republication contains the original series statement as it appeared on the original publication, give in the note the original statement within parentheses (cf. LCRI 21.30L). (Generally it is not necessary to give a bibliographic history note when the republication is a work of the imagination or a classic.)
Originally published: 1910
published: 3rd ed.
published: The Hakka language and literature of
Limited edition notes are generally formulated only in rare book cataloging. (Cf. Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books).) Small print runs for other books are normally ignored even if fewer than 500 copies.
"Photoreproduction" is a generic term that is no longer used, since the inception of AACR2, to indicate a particular kind of reproduction. If a macroreproduction is one that is "on demand," i.e., the result of the reproduction process comprises only a single copy, the applicable term is "photocopy"; use the guidelines in LCRI 1.11A to catalog such an item. If a macroreproduction process comprises copies that represent an edition, use a general statement in a note to indicate the fact of reproduction, as appropriate, but do not use the term "photoreproduction."
When a publication has a date of release or transmittal in a prominent position, include it in the bibliographic description. Typically these special dates consist of month or month and day as well as year and appear on the title page or cover. If the date is in a phrase that is being recorded as an edition statement, so record it. If an edition statement is not appropriate, quote the date in a note, including with it any associated words.
Note that a date of release or transmittal is not a publication date. If the publication lacks a copyright date or a date of manufacture (cf. LCRI 1.4F6), the publication date may be inferred from the date of release or transmittal. Then, give the inference in brackets in the publication, distribution, etc., area and follow the above instructions for the date of release or transmittal.
In case of doubt as to the character of the date, treat it as a date of release or transmittal.
Give a note naming the intended audience for, or intellectual level of, a work only when the information can be quoted from the publication. (Ignore information given on CIP prepublication data sheets.)
LC practice: Bibliographic records issued by the Library of Congress may include summaries, reviews, and abstracts from various sources, both internal and external. They are included either in MARC 21 field 520 (Summary, Etc.) or 856 (Electronic Location and Access). Those written by LC staff are not attributed. Those from other sources are enclosed within quotation marks (except those retained in records used for copy cataloging) and are attributed.
in LC overseas offices (042 = lcode) to indicate
the subject content of materials in languages not readily known in the
for material intended for young readers most likely to be included in organized collections such as those found in school or public libraries (042 = lcac);
for electronic resources.
Input summaries obtained from external sources in field 520 with Indicator 1 set to blank (display constant "Summary"), in quotation marks, and with attribution. Examples of these include:
those provided by publishers in the Cataloging in Publication (CIP) program; attribution:
--Provided by publisher.
those occurring in records supplied by vendors and used as the basis for LC original cataloging; attribution:
--Provided by vendor.
those taken directly from resources themselves; attribution:
--Unedited summary from book.
LC staff do not write reviews for bibliographic records. However, when officially sanctioned by LC management, they can be obtained from external sources. Input such reviews in field 520 with Indicator 1 set to 1 (display constant "Review:"), in quotation marks, and with attribution. Some examples of attribution are:
Mar. 2004, "Best Free Reference Web Sites 2004." RUSA Quarterly,
Fall 2004. Comp. by the MARS Best Free Websites Committee,
--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58. $u http://www.loc.gov/hlas/
Input abstracts obtained from external sources (LC staff do not write abstracts for bibliographic records) in field 520 with Indicator 1 set to 3 (display constant "Abstract:"), in quotation marks, and with attribution. Some examples of attribution are:
--World Bank web site.
Retain summaries, reviews, and abstracts already present in field 520 in records used for
copy cataloging (042 = lccopycat, pcc, etc.). Retain any attribution already present. If none is present, add the attribution:
However, do not enclose the summary, review, or abstract within quotation marks.
$3 Book review (H-Net) ...
Provide links to summaries in field 856 and include subfield $3 (Materials specified) that characterizes the summary and its source, for example:
$3 Unedited summary from book ...
1) when required by specific rules (e.g., 1.1B10, 1.1G1, 21.7B);
3) when the publication is in two or more volumes and each volume has a title of its own.
Informal Contents Note
1) selected parts of an item (generally no more than three);
(If such information is already recorded elsewhere in the description, however, do not make a separate note for it.) More unusual situations should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis with the aim of providing access to material not implied by the rest of the description.
Give pagination or foliation unless the texts are scattered through the publication.
For the types of contents notes shown in the following examples, generally prefer a standardized construct, rather than a quotation from the book:
Formal Contents Note
2) Record the title proper that appears in the table of contents, unless another source gives a more authoritative account of the data; however, if the title appears on the title page, normally use the title page title; give other title information only when the title proper would be meaningless without it.
3) Include a first statement of responsibility (cf. 1.1F) if it differs in fact from the statement included in the title and statement of responsibility or edition areas; omit names according to 1.1F5.
b) if the extent of the part being listed occupies a disproportionately large portion of the publication, include the extent within parentheses after the title (or after the title and statement of responsibility); record an unnumbered page or leaf within brackets;
a) give the volume designation that is found on the item, except use appendix B abbreviations for the terms and substitute arabic numerals for roman; if there is no abbreviation for the term, give only the number if the term is long; if the roman numeral is required for clarity, retain it; separate the volume designation from the title by a period-space;
b) if the number of physical volumes differs from the number of bibliographic volumes, include the number of physical volumes within parentheses after the title (or after the title and statement of responsibility);
c) if the volumes are of different editions (cf. LCRI 2.2), include within parentheses edition statements and dates of publication, distribution, etc., after the title (or title and statement of responsibility);
d) separate each volume with a space-dash-space; if the set is incomplete, put the space-dash-space before each title (other than the first) that is being recorded and leave four spaces for the missing volume; if two or more titles are being transcribed for one volume, apply the punctuation conventions from 1.1G3 such that the titles by the same person, body, etc., are separated by a space-semicolon-space and titles by different persons, bodies, etc., are separated by a period-space.
When some of the volumes in a multipart publication have their own titles and some of the volumes do not and it is decided to make a formal contents note, use the statement "[without special title]" to represent the untitled volumes.
504 ## $a Includes bibliographical references.
If there is a single bibliography, add the foliation/pagination to the note.
504 ## $a Includes bibliographical references (p. 310-325).
With respect to bibliographic citations and bibliographies, interpret the phrase "bibliographical references" to include all kinds of resources, including electronic resources; do not give any special treatment to, or provide special mention of, the latter.
Note: the bibliography note and the index note may be combined (1.7A5).
LC practice: Follow the guidelines stated above modified as follows:
2) for one-volume collections, limit contents notes to those collections containing no more than 12 titles and the title and statement of responsibility area does not adequately cover the contents of the item; in case of doubt, give a contents note;
3) give tables of contents in Electronic CIP records in contents notes according to the guidelines in DCM D8.9; note that the limitation stated in 2) immediately above does not apply in the case of Electronic CIP records;
Do not apply the optional addition of the rule.