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502  Dissertation Note (R)

Input Standards

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Subfields (R=Repeatable  NR=Nonrepeatable) Input Standards
‡a Dissertation note (NR) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
‡b Degree type (NR) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
‡c Name of granting institution (NR) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
‡d Year degree granted (NR) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
‡g Miscellaneous information (R) Optional/Optional
‡o Dissertation identifier (R) Optional/Optional


A note that gives the designation of an academic dissertation or thesis and the institution to which it was presented. Use field 502 also to include the degree for which the author was a candidate, name of the granting institution or faculty, the year it was granted, and the dissertation identifier. Dissertation information may be encoded as a note in subfield ‡a or parsed into specific subfields.

Use field 500 for other notes indicating the relationship between the item being cataloged and the author's dissertation or thesis (e.g., Originally presented as...). Use field 500 also for notes concerning abstracts, abridgements, or revision of theses, as well as honors papers, term papers, etc., which are not submitted as part of requirements for an academic degree. See section 3.1, "Theses and Dissertations," for more information.


You may use field 502 with either a single subfield ‡a or multiple subfields ‡b, ‡c, ‡d, and/or ‡g. Subfield ‡o can be used with either option. Prefer use of field 502 with multiple subfields to provide the level of detail specified by RDA instructions. Do not use subfield ‡g to record academic units, advisors, or field of study. Instead, add captioned notes in field 500. The field of study should be included in the subfield ‡b only if it is an integral part of the degree name, otherwise record it in field 500. If needed, access points with relator terms may be provided for personal names and corporate bodies associated with the degree.

Regardless of the choice of subfield practice (single ‡a or multiple), follow these guidelines.

  • Follow MARC 21 input conventions, which specify a period at the end of the field.
  • LCRI 1.0C specifies that an abbrevation consisting of more than a single letter is treated as a word separated by a space from preceding or succeeding words or initials, e.g., "Ph. D." not "Ph.D." For consistency between pre-RDA and RDA records, follow abbreviation practice under LCRI 1.0C along with LC-PCC PS

If using multiple subfields, follow these guidelines in addition to those above.

  • The thesis designation is omitted; it should not be input in subfields ‡b or ‡g.
  • Punctuation separating elements is omitted (no parentheses around the type of degree, no dash separating the type of degree and institution, and no comma separating the institution and date).

Single subfield ‡a

502     Thesis (M. Eng.)--University of Louisville, 2013.
502     Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Louisville, 2012 ‡o 5382.
502     Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Nevada, 2013.

Multiple subfields with optional note fields

502     ‡b M. Eng. ‡c University of Louisville ‡d 2013.
500     Department: Department of Bioengineering.
500     Advisor: Hermann Bueno Frieboes.
500     Includes vita.
502     ‡b Ph. D. ‡c University of Louisville ‡d 2012 ‡o 5382.
500     Field of study: Microbiology.
500     Department: Department of Biology.
500     Advisor: Susanna K. Remold.
500     Includes vita.
502     ‡b Ph. D. ‡c University of Nevada ‡d 2013.
500     Field of study: Geology.
500     Department: Department of Earth Sciences.
500     Advisor: L.G. Smith.
500     Includes vita.

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Note: If a record contains subfield ‡a, it cannot contain subfields ‡b, ‡c, ‡d, and/or ‡g.

‡a Dissertation note

The entire text of the note.

502     Inaug.--Diss.--Heidelberg, 1972.
502     Karl Schmidt's thesis (doctoral)--Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, 1965.
502     Mémoire de stage (3e cycle)--Université de Nantes, 1981.
502     Thesis (M.A.)--Yale University, 1974.
‡b Degree type

Degree for which author was candidate.

502     ‡b Ph. D. ‡c University of Louisville ‡d 1997.
‡c Name of granting institution

The name of the institution that granted the degree.

502     ‡b M.A. ‡c International Faith Theological Seminary, London ‡d 2005.
‡d Year degree granted

The year in which the degree was granted.

502     ‡b M.A. ‡c McGill University ‡d 1972 ‡g Inaugural thesis.
‡g Miscellaneous information

Data not more appropriately contained in another defined subfield. Do not use subfield ‡g to record academic units, advisors, or field of study.

502     ‡g Karl Schmidt's thesis ‡b Doctoral ‡c Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich ‡d 1965.
‡o Dissertation identifier

Identifier assigned to a dissertation or theses for identification purposes. May be a local or global identifier.

502     Heidelberg, Phil. F., Diss. v. 1. Aug. 1958 (Nicht f. d. Aust.) ‡o U 58.4033.
502     ‡b M.A. ‡c California State University, San Marcos ‡d 2013 ‡o 10211.8/388.


For indexing and searching information, see Searching WorldCat Indexes, field 502.

This page last revised: September 4, 2015