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247  Former Title (R)

Input Standards

Required if applicable/Required if applicable
1st Indicator  Title added entry
0 No added entry
1 Added entry
2nd Indicator  Note controller
0 Display note
1 Do not display note
Subfields (R=Repeatable  NR=Nonrepeatable) Input Standards
ǂa Title (NR) Mandatory/Mandatory
ǂb Remainder of title (NR) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂf Date or sequential designation (NR) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂg Miscellaneous information (R) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂh Medium (NR) Do not use/Do not use
ǂn Number of part/section of a work (R) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂp Name of part/section of a work (R) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂx International Standard Serial Number (NR) Required if applicable/Required if applicable

Definition

A former title proper when one cataloging record represents all former titles proper of a continuing resource (serial or integrating resource).

  • Under pre-AACR rules, catalog a serial under the latest title, with former titles noted in the same record in a title varies note.
  • Under AACR and RDA, catalog an integrating resource under the latest title, with former titles noted in field 247 in the same record. Former titles proper are sometimes also recorded in field 547. Field 547 is most often used when multiple former titles are described in a single note.
  • Under AACR2 and RDA, create separate bibliographic records when a major change in a serial title has occurred. When separate records are made for change of title, use the linking entry fields 780 and 785 to show the preceding and succeeding entries.

Arrange data so that dates or volume designations follow the title. Do not enter identifying phrases (e.g., Title varies). Do not enter a period at the end of the field unless the field ends with an abbreviation. Enter each former title or title variation in a separate 247 field.

Existing bibliographic records

Since 1981, all current cataloging for serials affected by major changes in title or preferred access point must be successive entry cataloging. Use the following guidelines to determine cataloging practice for existing records:

  • If you find only a latest entry record, you may use that record or enter a separate successive entry record for each title held by your institution. Treat these successive entry records as current original cataloging.
  • If you find successive entry records for some but not all of the titles that your institution holds, enter separate successive entry records for the titles not already represented.
  • If you have a printed latest entry record, and you find successive entry records for all of the titles represented, do not input the latest entry record. Use the successive records for your institution's holdings.
  • If you are transcribing printed cataloging copy that has a latest entry record, and you do not find successive entry records for all the titles represented, you may follow CONSER practice and create a latest entry record.

1st Indicator

Title added entry. A value that specifies whether a title added access point is made.

 
0

No added entry. No title access point is made.

247 0 0 Statistical bulletin of the American Tariff League ǂf November 1928-February 1931
710 2 2 American Tariff League. ǂt Statistical bulletin of the American Tariff League.
 
1

Added entry. A title access point is made.

2nd Indicator

Note controller. A value that specifies whether or not a note is made from data in this field. Whenever an intelligible note cannot be made from data in this field, a textual note is recorded in field 547 and this indicator is set to value 1.

 
0

Display note. A note is displayed.

 
1

Do not display note. A note is not displayed.

Subfields

 
ǂa Title

The title proper and alternative title, excluding the designation of the number or name of the part. The title proper should be long enough to identify the item and should be comprehensible. Enter alternative titles in subfield ǂa. Do not repeat subfield ǂa.

247 1 0 Medical world news annual review of medicine
ǂb Remainder of title

Other title information (e.g., subtitles, parallel titles, etc.). Do not repeat subfield ǂb. Enter multiple subtitles and/or parallel titles in the same subfield ǂb. If the other title information has a part or section number or name, enter the number or name in subfield ǂb, not in subfield ǂn or ǂp.

247 1 0 CJPI : ǂb criminal justice periodical index
247 1 0 Accession list = ǂb Liste d'acquisitions, ǂf July 1979-June 1981
ǂf Date or sequential designation

The dates or volume and issue numbers that relate the former variant title to the record. Do not enter punctuation at the end of subfield ǂf except a hyphen or an angle bracket where appropriate. Enter incomplete data in angle brackets < >. Angle brackets and the data within them print on cards.

247 1 0 British Columbia financial times ǂf 1914-June 1951
247 1 0 British Columbia economic times ǂf July 1951-1952
247 1 0 Everywoman's magazine ǂf v. 5, no. 6 (1963)-v. 10, no. 1 (1967)
247 0 0 Credit unions new sourcebook ǂf <2013->
ǂg Miscellaneous information

Data not identified in other subfields.

247 0 0 Chemical age yearbook ǂg (varies slightly)
ǂh Medium

Do not use.

ǂn Number of part/section of a work

A number designation for a part or section of a former title. Numbering is defined as an indication of sequencing in any form, e.g., Part 1, Supplement A, Book two.

247 0 0 Customs and excise circular. ǂn Part 2 ǂf 1923-1925
ǂp Name of part/section of a work

Name of a part or section of a former title.

247 1 1 Annual report of scientific research grants, Ministry of Education, ǂp Sciences
247 1 1 Commercial construction markets survey. ǂn 2, ǂp Local markets
ǂx International Standard Serial Number

The International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) for the serial title.

247 0 0 Industrial medicine and surgery ǂx 0019-8536

Indexing

For indexing and searching information, see Searching WorldCat Indexes, field 247.

Unintelligible notes

If you cannot create an intelligible note from field 247, use 2nd indicator value 1 and enter the note in field 547. For example, use field 547 for a title varies note if the note has titles in more than one language or describes a title variation for a parallel title.

247 0 1 Rapport annuel ǂf 1967
247 0 1 Annual report ǂf 1967
547     Title varies: 1967, rapport annuel. Annual report.

Use field 547 for an "Edition varies" note.

245 0 0 Printing trades blue book.
247 1 1 Printing trades blue book. ǂp New York edition ǂf 1916
250     Metropolitan edition Greater New York and New Jersey.
547     Edition varies: 1916, New York edition.
Multiple 247 fields

Multiple 247 fields, which print as notes, print in one paragraph, in order of appearance in the record. The print program supplies a display constant at the beginning of the note and a dash between each title.

247 1 0 British Columbia financial times ǂf 1914-June 1951
247 1 0 British Columbia economic times ǂf July 1951-1952
Prints as:
Title varies: British Columbia financial times, 1914-June 1951--British Columbia economic times, July 1951-1952.

This page last revised: August 19, 2016