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Desc:  Descriptive Cataloging Form



Bytes

ALL: Leader/18

Input Standards

ALL: Mandatory. One-character code. Default:  fill character 

Definition

 
All formats 

The form of descriptive cataloging; that is, whether the item has been cataloged according to the provisions of International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD).

Guidelines

Standard practice is to use code i under RDA. If Desc is coded c, you may add ISBD punctuation throughout the record as appropriate; update Desc to code i. However, if Desc is coded i, do not delete the ISBD punctuation or update Desc to code c. If a bibliographic record indicates AACR2 cataloging in field 040 subfield ‡e, then the Desc will be c or i.

Codes

 
 
blank character   Non-ISBD. Item has not been cataloged according to ISBD.
Desc     blank character
040     UKPGM ‡b eng ‡c UKPGM
245 4 The history and practice of humanitarian intervention and aid in Africa, ‡c edited by Bronwen Everill and Josiah Kaplan.
260     Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, ‡b Palgrave Macmillan, ‡c 2013.
300     1 online resource (xv, 250 pages) ‡b illustrations
 
a  AACR2. Descriptive part of the record is formulated according to the description and punctuation provisions as incorporated into the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, second edition and related descriptive conventions based on AACR2 (e.g., Archival Moving Image Materials, Describing Archives: A Content Standard).
Desc     a
040     UKPGM ‡b eng ‡e pn ‡c UKPGM
245 4 The history and practice of humanitarian intervention and aid in Africa / ‡c edited by Bronwen Everill and Josiah Kaplan.
260     Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : ‡b Palgrave Macmillan, ‡c 2013.
300     1 online resource (xv, 250 pages) : ‡b illustrations
   
 
c  ISBD Punctuation Omitted. Descriptive portion of the record follows the punctuation conventions of ISBD, except ISBD punctuation is not present at the end of a subfield.
Desc     c
040     UKPGM ‡b eng ‡e rda ‡e pn ‡c UKPGM
245 4 The history and practice of humanitarian intervention and aid in Africa ‡c edited by Bronwen Everill, Assistant Professor of Global History, University of Warwick, UK, and Josiah Kaplan, Independent Scholar, UK
264   1 Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ‡b Palgrave Macmillan ‡c 2013
300     1 online resource (xv, 250 pages) ‡b illustrations
 
i  ISBD. Descriptive portion of the record contains the punctuation provisions of ISBD.
Desc     i
040     UKPGM ‡b eng ‡e rda ‡e pn ‡c UKPGM
245 4 The history and practice of humanitarian intervention and aid in Africa / ‡c edited by Bronwen Everill, Assistant Professor of Global History, University of Warwick, UK, and Josiah Kaplan, Independent Scholar, UK.
264   1 Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : ‡b Palgrave Macmillan, ‡c 2013.
300     1 online resource (xv, 250 pages) : ‡b illustrations
 
u  Unknown. The appropriate descriptive cataloging form used in the record cannot be adequately determined. May be used in records converted from another metadata format, such as Dublin Core. Code u is defined only for ELvl codes 3, 5, and M.
ELvl     M
Desc     u
040     UKPGM ‡c UKPGM
245 4 The history and practice of humanitarian intervention and aid in Africa.
260     Houndmills : ‡b Palgrave Macmillan, ‡c 2013.
300     1 online resource

Printing

The print program uses Desc to identify records cataloged according to the provisions of ISBD. For such records, the print program supplies a space-dash-space ( -- ) between areas, as specified by ISBD and AACR2.
 

For records with Desc code a or i, the print program supplies the space-dash-space ( -- ) before the following areas:

If any of the preceding fields ends in final punctuation (. ? !), the print program supplies space-dash-space ( -- ). If the field does not end in final punctuation, the print program supplies period, space-dash-space (. -- ).

Print constants for notes (5xx fields and field 773) vary in style for AACR2 and pre-AACR2 records. The print program uses Desc to differentiate AACR2 and pre-AACR2 records to supply appropriate print constants.

This page last revised: August 26, 2014