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[SLC local practices in brackets]

MARC Data Elements for Original Records

(For questions about MARC fields, see MARC21 format for Bibliographic Data,

For indicators, if there is no value, leave them blank rather than using # signs. Also do not use # in the leader, leave spaces blank.

LDR/06 Type of record

Use "a" for language material

LDR/07 Bibliographic level

Use "s" for serial; "i" for integrating resource
When coding "i" use 310 $aContinuously updated

LDR/17 Encoding level
Use blank or 1
Blank = full level
1 = full level, material not examined (for converted print records)

LDR/18 Descriptive cataloguing form
Use ."a"

RDA change: "i"

001 Control number

003 Control number identifier

006 Additional material characteristics
Use byte 00 = "m" for computer file/electronic resource
Only first byte required

007 Physical characteristics
Use byte 00 = "c" for electronic resource and byte 01 = "r" for remote access , or q for in house. Code s is obsolete. Only bytes 00 and 01 are required

008/bytes 00-05 Date entered
System entered

008/06 Publication status
Use "c" for currently published
Use "d" for ceased publication
Use "u" for unknown

008/7-14 Dates of publication
Use bytes 7-10 for start date
Use byes 11-14 for ending date (or 9999 to reflect currently published)
Use dates of print publication, even if not all on the web site.

008/15-17 Place of publication Variable
Country codes available here:

008/18-19 Frequency/Regularity
Not required
Code with fill character
Leave in derived records

008/21 Type of continuing resource
Use "n" for newspaper
Use "p" for periodical

008/22 Form of original item
Use blank

008/23 Form of item
Use "s" for electronic
[New codes have been proposed for inhouse (q) and online (o)]

08/24-32 Fixed field data elements
Use blanks

008/33 Original alphabet or script of title
Use blank

008/34 Entry convention
Use 0 for successive entry

008/35-37 Language

008/38 Modified record
Use blank

008/39 Cataloguing source
Use "d" for other

022 ISSN
Use $a for EISSN
Use $y for print ISSN
Required if on the piece

040 Cataloguing source
Use $aCaBNVSL$cCaBNVSL$dCaBNVSL for originals
Add $dCaBNVSL for derives, removing any existing $d except DLC

RDA change: $beng or $bfre, $erda
The order of subfields is 040$a$b$e$c$d.

041 Language(s)
If coding more than one language, include 546.

043 Area
If coding 043, include a 6XX$z

050 LC Call Number
Use class web; use 2nd indicator 4

Class newspapers in AN divided like AP.

[055 Canadian FC, KF, and PS 8000]

060 NLMC
Assign if 050 begins "R"

070 NALC
Leave in but do not assign

080 UDC
Leave in but do not assign

082 DDC
Leave in but do not assign unless requested

110 Corporate main entry

Very rare; only used for such things as annual reports. Cf. 910.

130 Uniform title main entry
Not required to differentiate from another serial,
For generic titles, e.g., "Newsletter", use 130 with issuing agency in curves after the title.

240 Uniform title
Do not create for translations or language editions
Make added entry instead 246 1 $iTranslation Of:$a
in addition to linking field (765 or 775) if requested by client.

210 Abbreviated title
Do not enter, but leave in derived records

222 Key title
Do not enter, but leave in derived records

245 $aTitle statement
Transcribe as it appears on chief source.

245 $h[gmd]
Use [electronic resource]

RDA change: omit 245$h; enter 336-338.

245 :$b Other title information
Transcribe only if needed to clarify or support title proper
Normally record subtitles only in 246 13
Not required by CONSER

245 =$b Parallel title, initialism/acronym
Enter parallel titles as per AACR2
Not required by CONSER.

Create 246 11 for parallel title,
246 13 for initialism/acronym

245 $n$p Number/Part titles
Use $n for number of part/section of the piece
Use $p for name of part/section of the piece
Required if applicable

246 Variant title

246 11 $aParallel title.
246 1 $iNote$aTitle.
246 13 $aVariant title.

Enter final periods as per SLC policy
Required if applicable

260 (AACR2) 264 (RDA)Publication information
Record earliest publisher. Later publisher(s) are recorded in 500.

$a Place of publication
[SLC always transcribes or supplies jurisdictional qualifier using AACR2 abbreviations in 260$a, and never transcribes postal codes. SLC's "Que." and "Eng." are not AACR2 abbreviations. Spell out in RDA records, as opposed to supplying in a note.]
$b Name of publisher
$c [SLC supplies as per AACR2 although CONSER does not require. Use dates of print publication, even if not all on the web site.]

[If serial is distributed an aggregator who adds value, or in physical form such as a CD-ROM or DVD, give the aggregator or manufacturer in 260$e$f$g.]

Field 264 is repeating, with first indicator for sequence (2 intervening, 3 current); second for function (0 production, 1 publication, 2 distribution, 3 manufacture, 4 copyright.)

300 Physical description
300 $a electronic texts ( v. ) :$bill., digital files ".ill" only if applicable
If closed run, give number of volumes
300 $a20 electronic texts (20 volumes) :$bill., digital files
If only part of print run is available electronically:
300 $a<10> electronic texts (<10 v.) :$bill., digitally files
300 $a PDFs ( volumes) :$billustrations
300 $a20 PDFs (20 volumes :$billustrations
300 $a<10> PDFs (<10> volumes :$billustrations

[If on physical carrier such as CD-ROM or DVD, give that term as DMD, with print collation in curves following.]

[Do not use "online resource" as unit name unless mixed media, e.g., audio and/or video files added.]

If on a physical carrier, substitute carrier as unit name, e.g., CD-ROM, DVD.

Not required by CONSER

310 Current frequency
Deduce from file if not stated
Record integrating resources as 310 $aContinuosly updated

321 Former frequency
If more than three, summarize as "Frequency varies".
Not required

336-338 RDA/MARC21 media fields replacing 245$h

336 Content type (selected)

Follow each term with $2rdacontent

For systems requiring 245$h, field 336 is exported as second half of compound GMD, e.g., 245$h[online resource : text]

annotated music


337 Media type (selected)

Follow "electronic" (replacing RDA "computer") with $2isbdmedia

Not exported as part of 245$h.

338 Carrier type (selected)

For systems requiring 245$h, field 338 is exported as first half of compound GMD, e.g., 245$h[online resource : text]

Follow each term with $2rdacarrier

Electronic carriers:

computer disc

computer disc cartridge

computer tape cartridge

computer tape cassette

computer tape reel

online resource

362 Numbering

[Following CONSER, use "Unformatted style" even if issue one is consulted. SLC follows this CONSER provision, since it creates less confusion with a holdings statement.]

Use indicator value "1" (Unformatted). with format "Began with (), or "Began in .


362 1 $aBegan with Vol. 7, no. 001 (2005).
362 1 $aBegan in 1998; ceased in 2002.
362 1 $aCeased with Vol. 10, no. 10 (2009).

When the print version began earlier than the electronic version, the 362 should refer to the print version. Probably this is because the holdings of the electronic version are likely to expand to include earlier issues as time goes on.

Sometimes that starting date and issue may be difficult to find. Note that if you have uncertainly about the earliest issues you can just enter a year or a year with a question mark. So, some examples might be:

362 1 $aBegan with Vol. 1, no. 1 (1986).
362 1 $aBegan in 1986.
362 1 $aBegan in 1986?
362 1 $aBegan with Vol. 7, no. 001 (2005); ceased with Vol. 9, no. 004 (2007).
362 1 $aBegan in 1998; ceased in 2002.

Transcribe data as found (standard abbreviations may be used)

In the case of complicated numbering, use 515, e.g.:
362 1 $aBegan with Vol. 1 (1920); ceased with New ser. v. 50 (1971).
515 $aOriginal series ceased with v. 20 (1920); new series began with vol. 1 (1921).

5XX Notes

Translate notes in non English languages into English, although notes in for French items are in French for GLC. Since all GLC records are monographic, this will not cause a conflict.

515 Complicated numbering

In the case of complicated numbering, use 515 in conjunction with 362, e.g.:

362 1 $aBegan with Vol. 1 (1920); ceased with New ser. v. 50 (1971).
515 $aOriginal series ceased with v. 20 (1920); new series began with vol. 1 (1921).

530 Additional format
530 $aAlso available in print.
Enter if applicable.
Removed on export.

533-534 Do not use.

538 System details note CONSER does not require.


588 $aDescription based on: Vol. 7, no. 001 (2005); title from title screen (viewed Sept. 23, 2009).

588 $aLatest issue consulted: Vol. 8, no. 003 (2006) (viewed Sept. 23, 2009).

For the "588 $aDescription based on: ." note, cite the earliest available electronic issue.


Use class web, for full level record, use 2nd indicators 0, make sure is verified in library of congress authorities

6XX 2 MeSH
Adding 6xx 2 MeSH when 050 begins "R"

6xx 6 RVM
Assign to French materials if requested.

655 $aElectronic journals.

710 Added entry - corporate name
Corporate name or jurisdiction name. Cf. 910.
Required if applicable

Linking fields
Assign only if requested by client.

776 08 $iAlso issued in print:$t


776 08 $iAlso issued in print:$tArchivos en medicina familiar.
776 08 $iAlso issued in print:$tInternational journal of social health
information management$x1942-9665$w(DLC)2008214573

Note no comma after title

Notice 2nd indicator 8 (no display constant) when text is in $i.

776$w LCCN

After $w and "(DLC)", proper format includes either 2-spaces, or 3-spaces before LCCN entry starts depending on when LCCN was assigned.
Here is what we have in our Bibliographic Formats and Standards on this:

Post-2000 LCCN format:

1. Always input DLC enclosed within parentheses.
2. Input two leading blank spaces between the symbol (DLC) and the year information, if the LCCN has no prefix. If the LCCN has a two-character prefix, input no blank spaces between the prefix and the year numbers.
3. Input the four-digit year information.
4. Do not input a hyphen.
5. Input the six-digit number. Input leading zeros where necessary.

Pre-2001 LCCN format:

1. Always input DLC enclosed within parentheses.
2. Input three leading blank spaces between the symbol (DLC) and the year numbers if the LCCN has no prefix. If the LCCN has a prefix of fewer than three characters, leave the appropriate number of blank spaces following the prefix.
3. Input the two-digit year information.
4. Do not input a hyphen.
5. Input the six-digit number. Input leading zeros where necessary.
6. Do not input trailing blank following the number. (If trailing blank is input, the OCLC system removes it.)
7. Do not input alphabetic identifiers and/or revision dates.

856 Electronic access
Record if open access
Note URL is coded $u
Not required by CONSER

990 Cataloguer's initials

For multiple languages within a publication:

008 Language

For publications in one language, assign the appropriate three letter code from For publications containing multiple languages within, assign the code for the predominant language. In these cases fields 041 and 546 are used to list the languages, respectively, in coded and note form.

041 Language code

Code $a only; use for serials with multiple languages,
See also instructions in 546
Required if applicable

546 Language Note

Record information about serials in multiple languages, translations, different languages of summaries, tables of contents, or accompanying material in a 546 note, as well as any other notes to clarify the languages. Required if applicable