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Desc:  Descriptive Cataloging Form

Record Type

BIB

Bytes

ALL: Leader/18

Input Standards

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

Definition

 
ALL

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

Codes c and i both specify the use of ISBD as the basis for the descriptive cataloging, with code c indicating the omission of punctuation and code i indicating the inclusion of punctuation. Codes blank character and n both specify that the basis for the description is a non-ISBD standard, with code n indicating the omission of punctuation. The presence of codes c or n indicating the omission of punctuation could allow programs to supply appropriate display punctuation. If a bibliographic record indicates RDA cataloging in field 040 subfield ǂe, then the Desc will be c or i.

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 and update Desc to code i. However, if Desc is coded i, do not delete the ISBD punctuation or update Desc to code c. If Desc is coded n, you may add punctuation throughout the record as appropriate and update Desc to code blank ( blank character ).

Codes

 
 
blank character

Non-ISBD. Descriptive portion of the record does not follow International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD) cataloging and punctuation provisions.

Desc     blank character
040     UKPGM ǂb eng ǂe pn ǂc UKPGM
245 0 4 The history and practice of humanitarian intervention and aid in Africa, ǂc edited by Bronwen Everill and Josiah Kaplan.
260     Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, ǂb Palgrave Macmillan, ǂc 2013.
300     1 online resource (xv, 250 pages) ǂb 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 ǂb eng ǂe pn ǂc UKPGM
245 0 4 The history and practice of humanitarian intervention and aid in Africa / ǂc edited by Bronwen Everill and Josiah Kaplan.
260     Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : ǂb Palgrave Macmillan, ǂc 2013.
300     1 online resource (xv, 250 pages) : ǂb 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 ǂb eng ǂe rda ǂe pn ǂc UKPGM
245 0 4 The history and practice of humanitarian intervention and aid in Africa ǂc edited by Bronwen Everill, Assistant Professor of Global History, University of Warwick, UK, and Josiah Kaplan, Independent Scholar, UK
264   1 Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ǂb Palgrave Macmillan ǂc 2013
300     1 online resource (xv, 250 pages) ǂb illustrations
 
i

ISBD. Descriptive portion of the record contains the punctuation provisions of ISBD.

Desc     i
040     UKPGM ǂb eng ǂe rda ǂe pn ǂc UKPGM
245 0 4 The history and practice of humanitarian intervention and aid in Africa / ǂc edited by Bronwen Everill, Assistant Professor of Global History, University of Warwick, UK, and Josiah Kaplan, Independent Scholar, UK.
264   1 Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : ǂb Palgrave Macmillan, ǂc 2013.
300     1 online resource (xv, 250 pages) : ǂb illustrations
 
n

Non-ISBD Punctuation Omitted. Descriptive portion of the record does not follow International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD) cataloging and punctuation provisions, and punctuation is not present at the end of a subfield.

Desc     blank character
040     UKPGM ǂb eng ǂe pn ǂc UKPGM
245 0 4 The history and practice of humanitarian intervention and aid in Africa ǂc edited by Bronwen Everill and Josiah Kaplan
260     Houndmills Basingstoke Hampshire ǂb Palgrave Macmillan ǂc 2013
300     1 online resource (xv 250 pages) ǂb 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 ǂc UKPGM
245 0 4 The history and practice of humanitarian intervention and aid in Africa.
260     Houndmills : ǂb Palgrave Macmillan, ǂc 2013.
300     1 online resource

Indexing

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This page last revised: October 13, 2017