Contents   Fixed field   0xx   1xx   2xx   3xx   4xx   5xx   6xx   7xx   8xx   9xx

505  Formatted Contents Note (R)


Input Standards

1st Indicator  Display constant controller
1 Incomplete contents
2 Partial contents
8 No display constant generated
2nd Indicator  Level of content designation
blank character  Basic
Subfields (R=Repeatable  NR=Nonrepeatable) Input Standards 
‡a Formatted contents note (NR) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
‡g Miscellaneous information (R) Required if applicable/Optional
‡r Statement of responsibility (R) Required if applicable/Optional
‡t Title (R) Required if applicable/Optional
‡u Uniform Resource Identifier (R) Optional/Optional


A formatted contents note. Contents notes may be encoded at one of two levels: basic or enhanced. Contents notes contain the titles of separate works or parts of an item. They may also include statements of responsibility associated with the works or parts. Volume numbers and other sequential designations are included in a contents note, but chapter numbers are omitted.


Archival material and MIX 

For material under archival control and mixed materials, use field 505 for the table of contents of a finding aid. Use field 505 also for the physical form (box, folder, etc.).

1st Indicator

Display constant controller. A value that controls the generation of the display constant preceding the note.
Contents. A complete contents note for an item. Use to generate the display constant Contents:.
505   How these records were discovered -- A short sketch of the

Talmuds -- Constantine's letter.
1 Incomplete contents. All the parts of a multipart item are not available for analysis. This is either because the parts have not been published or because they have not yet been acquired by the cataloging agency. Use to generate the display constant Incomplete contents:.
505 1   pt 1. General observation -- pt. 2. Methodology -- pt. 3. Initial phase
[Other parts are to be added after pt. 3. Designate that the note is incomplete by not adding a final period.] 
505 1   v. 1. Report. -- v. 3. Overseas systems of compensation.
[Volume 2 is missing.] 
2 Partial contents. A partial contents note for an item even though all the parts of an item are available for analysis. Use to generate the display constant Partial contents:.
505 2   manual 1. Principles of solar geometry and optics -- manual 2. Solar radiation quantitative analysis -- manual 3. Heat transfer principles for solar applications -- manual 4. Passive solar hearing systems.
8 No display constant generated. The value that specifies that a display constant is not generated.
505 8   Contents on sound disk: A suitable tone ; Left hand colouring ; Rhythm and accent ; Tempo ; Flexibility ; Ornaments -- Sonata in D major, op. V, no. 1 / Corelli -- Sonata in G minor / Purcell (with Robert Donington, gamba) -- Forlane from Concert royal no. 3 / Couperin.
[The note details the contents of the accompanying material for a sound disk.] 
505 ‡t The history of Anne Arundel County. -- ‡g vol. 2. ‡t The history of...[Intermediate volumes are omitted from the example]-- ‡g vol. 23. ‡t The history of Prince Georges County --
505 8 ‡g vol. 24. ‡t The history of Washington County beginning in 1884 -- ‡g vol. 25. ‡t State manifest and birth record (1764-1977).
[The second contents note continues the note begun in the first note.] 

2nd Indicator

Level of content designation. The level of content designation provided for the data recorded in the field.
blank character Basic. All information is recorded in a single occurrence of subfield ‡a.
505   pt. 1. Carbon -- pt. 2. Nitrogen -- pt. 3. Sulphur -- pt. 4. Metals.
Enhanced. The enhanced content designation is supplied for the parts detailed in the formatted contents note. Data is encoded with repetitions of the defined subfields other than subfield ‡a.
505 ‡t Quark models / ‡r J. Rosner -- ‡t Introduction to gauge theories of the strong, weak, and electromagnetic interactions / ‡r C. Quigg -- ‡t Deep inelastic leptonnucleon scattering / ‡r D.H. Perkins -- ‡t Jet phenomena / ‡r M. Jacob -- ‡t An accelerator design study / ‡r R.R. Wilson -- ‡t Lectures in accelerator theory / ‡r M. Month.


‡a Formatted contents note   The formatted contents note, whether complete, incomplete or partial when the 2nd indicator value is blank character. . Use for titles, statements of responsibility, volume numbers and sequential designations, durations (for sound records), etc. For records formulated according to AACR2 rules, separate elements by ISBD punctuation.
505   Introduction -- Inventory -- Appendix I, List of completed project files of the Commission of Fine Arts (Entry 6) -- Appendix II, Members of the Commission of Fine Arts, 1910-54.
505   pt. 1. Origins and overview (104 fr., 19 min., 54 sec.) -- pt. 2. The Middle Ages and the Renaissance (96 fr., 25 min., 9 sec.) -- pt. 3. The Baroque era (91 fr., 24 min., 20 sec.)
505   Preface -- Vita -- Description and arrangement -- Container list series I -- Container list series II -- Index.
505   The fourth millennium / Henry Brant (9:00) -- Music for brass quintet (14:00)
‡g Miscellaneous information   Any information other than statement of responsibility or title in an enhanced contents note (2nd indicator value ) including page numbering, part, timing, volume or other extent information such as dates.

Do not use subfield ‡g to separate initial articles from titles in field 505.See subfield ‡t for more information.

505 ‡t Sonata for viola and piano ‡g (1921) (24:51) -- ‡t Prelude, allegro, and pastorale ‡g (1941) (14:47) -- ‡t Two pieces for viola and cello ‡g (1930) (6:02) -- ‡t Passacaglia on an old English tune ‡g (1943) (5:30).
‡r Statement of responsibility   The statement of responsibility of the article or part in an enhanced contents note (2nd indicator value ). Use for personal or corporate names.
505 ‡t Seven sides of a crystal ‡r (Peter Takacs, piano) ‡g (11:54) ; ‡t Beyond the wheel ‡r (Gregory Fulkerson, violin ; Oberlin Wind Ensemble ; Larry Rachleff, conductor) ‡g (9:28) / ‡r Edward J. Miller -- ‡t Snap! ‡r (Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble ; Larry Rachleff, conductor ) ‡g (6:55) ; ‡t Blue like an orange ‡r (Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble ; Rachleff, conductor) ‡g (9:43) / ‡r Michael Daugherty.
‡t Title   The title in an enhanced contents note (2nd indicator value ).
505 ‡t Thematic index [of Spohr's symphonies] -- ‡t Symphony in F major, no. 4, op. 86 : ‡t Die Weihe der Töne -- ‡t Symphony in G major, no. 6, op. 116 : ‡t Historische Symphonie -- ‡t Symphony in C major, no. 7, op. 121 : ‡t Irdisches und Göttliches in Menschenleben.

Do not use subfield ‡g to separate initial articles from titles in field 505. Initial articles in titles should be included in subfield ‡t when inputting an enhanced contents note. The correct transcription of formal contents notes is governed by:

  • AACR2 rule 2.7B18 and its Library of Congress Rule Interpretation
  • The corresponding contents note rules (and Library of Congress Rule Interpretations) in subsequent AACR2 chapters
505 ‡t The final voyage of the liquid sky.

Data in contents notes were never intended to be controlled access points. To provide access to such data, use the appropriate 7xx fields. If appropriate, create controlled name/title entries in fields 700, 710, or 711; or uniform title entries in field 730. Uncontrolled related and analytical titles, which may be coded to eliminate initial articles, belong in field 740.

In OCLC Connexion, field 505, subfield ‡t appears in only three indexes:

  • Notes (nt:) and Title (ti:) are keyword indexes in which the is a stopword that is ignored.
  • In the Title phrase (ti=) index, the system ignores the initial articles the, a, and an in field 505, subfield ‡t. For example, the contents note " ‡t The final voyage of the liquid sky" may be searched as "ti=final voyage of the liquid sky". Initial articles in languages other than English will not be ignored in field 505, subfield ‡t.
‡u Uniform Resource Identifier   The Uniform Resource Identifier (URI), for example a URL or URN, provides electronic access data in a standard syntax. Use for automated access to an electronic item using one of the Internet protocols or by resolution of a URN. Repeat subfield if digital object has multiple identifiers (URIs).
505   ‡u

Substituting hexadecimal notation for diacritics and special characters in Uniform Resource Identifiers. When recording a URI in subfield ‡u, you may enter most of the spacing characters listed below as either characters or their hexidecimal equivalents. Consult the table below.

Note: Do not confuse the spacing characters listed below with their long-valid non-spacing counterparts. Use of the spacing characters will be limited almost exclusively to URLs.

Entry method Name Character Alternative entry (hex value)

Enter as character or hex value
Spacing circumflex/circumflex accent ^ %5E
Spacing underscore/low line 1   _ %5F
Spacing grave/grave accent ` %60
Spacing tilde/tilde ~ %7E
Enter as hex value only vertical bar n/a %7C

1   Because the Spacing Underscore may cause problems with MARC output, users may prefer to continue entering it with the hexidecimal value %5F.


Field 505 prints as a note. The 1st indicator controls display constants. Subfields ‡g, ‡r and ‡t print as input. Subfield ‡u does not print. See " 5xx Introduction" for more information.

back to top