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490  Series Statement (R)


Input Standards

Required if applicable/Required if applicable
1st Indicator  Specifies whether series is traced
Series not traced
1 Series traced
2nd Indicator  Undefined
blank character Undefined
Subfields (R=Repeatable  NR=Nonrepeatable) Input Standards
‡a Series statement (R) Mandatory/Mandatory
‡l Library of Congress call number (NR) LC use only/LC use only
‡v Volume number/sequential designation (R) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
‡x International Standard Serial Number (R) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
‡3 Materials specified (NR) Optional/Optional


A series statement for a series title, statement of responsibility, etc. Field 490 does not serve as a series access point. When field 490 is used and a series access point is appropriate, both the series statement (field 490) and a corresponding series access point (fields 800-830) are recorded in the bibliographic record.  



For unpublished and manuscript material, do not use field 490 since series statements do not apply.

1st Indicator

Series tracing policy. A value that specifies whether or not the series has a corresponding 800-830 series access point.
Series not traced. No series access point is desired for the series.
490   Pelican books
[No 800-830 field is in record]
1 Series traced. When value 1 is present, the appropriate 800-830 field (8xx Fields) is included in the bibliographic record to provide the series access point.
490 1   Department of State publication ; ‡v 7846. ‡a Department and Foreign Service series ; ‡v 128
830    Department of State publication ; ‡v 7846.
830    Department of State publication. ‡p Department and Foreign Service series ; ‡v 128.
[The series statement contains a numbered series and a subseries and both are to be traced separately]
490 1   Uniform crime reports
830    Uniform crime reports (Washington, D.C.)
[The established form of entry for the series includes a parenthetical qualifier]
490 1   Pediatric clinics of North America ; ‡v v. 2, no. 4
830    Pediatric clinics of North America ; ‡v v. 2, no. 4.
[The transcribed form of the series and the series access point are identical]
490 1   The dragonriders of Pern ; ‡v v. 3
800 1   McCaffrey, Anne. ‡t Dragonriders of Pern ; ‡v v. 3.
[Author/title series access point in which the author portion is a personal name]
490 1   Bartholomew world travel series
810 2   Bartholomew (Firm). ‡t Bartholomew world travel series.
[Author/title series access point in which the author portion is a corporate name]
490 1   Delaware symposia on language studies ; ‡v 5
811 2   Delaware Symposium on Language Studies. ‡t Delaware symposia on language studies ; ‡v 5.
[Author/title series access point in which the author portion is a meeting name or conference name]

2nd Indicator

Undefined. The 2nd indicator position is undefined and contains a blank ( blank character ).
blank character Undefined


‡a Series statement   The title proper of the series. Use also for dates or volume numbers preceding or appearing as part of the title, other title information, or the statement of responsibility.
490 1   1972/73-1975/76: Research report / National Education Association Research
830   Research report (National Education Association of the United States. Research Division)

Repeat subfield ‡a when a subseries is separated from the main series by the numbering of the main series in subfield ‡v, or by the ISSN in subfield ‡x, or when a series has a parallel title. Also, enter all parallel titles in separate subfield ‡a's.

490 1   Annual census of manufactures = ‡a Recensement des manufactures, ‡x 0315-5587
830   Annual census of manufactures, ‡x 0315-5587
‡l Library of Congress call number   Library of Congress (LC) use only. The LC call number when it is given as part of the series statement. This occurs when an item is issued as part of a series during a period of time and has been classified under the LC call number of that series for that period. For more information, see field 050.
490 1   Bulletin / Engineering Experiment Station ; ‡v no. 50 ‡l (TA7.074)
830   Bulletin (Oregon State University. Engineering Experiment Station) ; ‡v no. 50.
‡v Volume number/sequential designation   The volume number or other sequential designation used in conjunction with the series statement.
490 1   Topics in current chemistry = ‡a Fortschritte der chemischen Forschung ; ‡v 118
830   Topics in current chemistry ; ‡v 118.

Note: Alternate numbering systems, preceded by an equal sign ( = ), are not placed in separate subfields.

490   Forschungen zur Geschichte Voralbergs ; ‡v 6 Bd. = der ganzen Reihe 13 Bd.
‡x International Standard Serial Number   The International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) for a series. The ISSN is an agency-assigned data element.

Do not enter the designation ISSN in subfield ‡x.

490   Life series, ‡x 0023-6721
490 1   Mémoire du BRGM, ‡x 0071-8246 ; ‡v no 123
830   Mémoire du Bureau de recherches géologiques et minierès ; ǂv no 123.

Repeatable when the ISSNs for both the series and the subseries are recorded.

490 1   Lund studies in geography, ‡x 1400-1144 ; ‡v 101 ‡a Ser. B, Human geography, ‡x 0076-1478 ; ‡v 48
830   Lund studies in geography, ‡x 1400-1144 ; ‡v v. 101.
830   Lund studies in geography, ‡n Ser. B, ‡p Human geography, ‡x 0076-1478 ; ‡v v. 48.

Note: When an item contains an ISSN for the series, but lacks a series title, the ISSN is recorded in field 500 (General Note).

500     "ISSN 0399-3388."
‡3 Materials specified   Part of the described materials to which the field applies.
490 1   ‡3 <1981-> : ‡a Reference works
830    Reference works.



Field 490 prints following the physical description as a series statement.

The print program supplies parentheses around each series statement in the 490 field. Do not enter parentheses or final punctuation in a 490 field. If more than one series statement is present in a record, the print program encloses each statement in parentheses. One space separates multiple series statements.

ISBD records. The print program supplies a space-dash-space ( -- ) between the physical description (3xx fields) and the first series statement.

300     18 p. : ‡b ill. ; ‡c 27 cm.
490 1   Education around the world
490 1   DHEW publication ; ‡v no. (OE) 74-19109
Prints as:
18 p. : ill. ; 27 cm. -- (Education around the world) (DHEW publication ; no. (OE) 74-19109)

If a publication includes the ISSN for the series, enter the ISSN in subfield ‡x of the series statement field. The print program supplies ISSN before the number.   

490 1   The British travel series, ‡x 0021-5654
Prints as:
(The British travel series, ISSN 0021-5654)

Subfield ‡x prints in the order found in the record. The print program provides the designation ISSN before the number in printed series statements. No punctuation will be added.   

Last revised: July 21, 2014