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500  General Note (R)

Record Type

BIB, LBD

Input Standards

Field (Full/Minimal)
Required if applicable/Optional
1st Indicator  Undefined
blank character Undefined
2nd Indicator  Undefined
blank character Undefined
Subfields (R=Repeatable  NR=Nonrepeatable) Input Standards (Full/Minimal)
ǂa General note (NR) Mandatory/Mandatory
ǂ3 Materials specified (NR) Optional/Optional
ǂ5 Institution to which field applies (NR) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂ6 Linkage (NR) System supplied/System supplied
ǂ8 Field link and sequence number (R) Optional/Optional

Definition

A note that provides general information for which a specialized note field (i.e., a specific 5xx field) has not been defined. Use for the following kinds of notes:

 
  • Bibliographic history
  • Physical description enhancements
  • Program notes
  • Series statements that cannot be accommodated in 4xx Fields

If you are cataloging rare and special collection materials, use field 500 for copy- or institution-specific notes having scholarly or artistic value beyond the local institution. See section 3.4.1, "Copy- or Institution-Specific Information," for more information. If the note is about other types of copy-specific and local notes, use field 590 or field 599.

For guidance on describing and encoding the attributes of audio recording carriers, see “Supplement 1” of the Music Library Association’s Supplements to Best Practices for Music Cataloging Using RDA and MARC21.

For information on punctuation, see the Punctuation section below.

1st Indicator

Undefined. The 1st indicator position is undefined and contains a blank.

 
blank character

Undefined

2nd Indicator

Undefined. The 2nd indicator position is undefined and contains a blank.

 
blank character Undefined

Subfields

 
ǂa General note

A note that provides general information for which a specialized note field (i.e., a specific 5xx field) has not been defined.

500     At head of title: The International Conference of Police Chaplains
500     Caption title
500     Formerly known as: The unidentified soldier
500     Imprint stamped on verso of title page
500     Includes index
500     "January 2020"
500     Many items are stamped "impounded"
500     Program notes by Phillip Ramey on album
500     Recast in bronze from artist's plaster original of 1903
500     Reprint. Originally published: Cleveland : World Publishing Company, 1960
500     Source of data: Survey of Consumer Finances, conducted form 1946-1971, by the Economic Behavior Program, Survey Research Center, University of Michigan
500     Slides in pocket
500     "The first American Jewish weekly of its kind"--The Jewish encyclopedia, volume 8
500     Three-dimensional film: Natural vision
500     Volumes for 1954- by H.S. Olson
ǂ3 Materials specified

For information about subfield ǂ3, see Control Subfields.

500     ǂ3 2006- : ǂa An annual summary of the State's economic geology
500     ǂ3 Cotsen copy: ǂa Published plain red wrappers with first and last leaves pasted to interior wrappers ǂ5 NjP
500     ǂ3 Papers documenting work of Pierre Clavel: ǂa Physical location: Boxes 1-12
500     ǂ3 Abstracts: ǂa Gift of R. Winthrop, 1883
500     ǂ3 Diaries: ǂa Bequest of Harris estate
ǂ5 Institution to which field applies

For information about subfield ǂ5, see Control Subfields.

500     From the papers of the Chase family ǂ5 DLC
500     Library's copy has book plate of the Benedictine Monastery in Grafschaft; inscribed by Thomas Jefferson ǂ5 DLC
500     Plates 4, 5, and 9 are lacking ǂ5 DLC
500     Separately cataloged after volume for 1972 ǂ5 DLC
500     University Library's copy has manuscript notes by author on endpapers ǂ5 OU
ǂ6 Linkage

Data that link fields when non-Latin script is entered. This subfield is system supplied and does not appear in OCLC online displays. Do not manually add subfield ǂ6. For more information about subfield ǂ6, see Control Subfields.

ǂ8 Field link and sequence number

For information about subfield ǂ8, see Control Subfields.

Punctuation

For records containing punctuation, follow these instructions:

  • Optionally, follow an initial subfield ǂ3 by a colon-space or a space-colon-space if following an open date
  • Include incidental and ISBD punctuation needed within any subfields, e.g., commas, periods (following abbreviations or initials), etc.
  • Optionally, add a terminal period at the end of the field (preceding subfield ǂ5) unless the last subfield ends with an ellipsis or period (following an abbreviation or initial)
500
    Reprint. Originally published: Chicago : Lawrence Hill Books, 2009.

For records containing minimal or no punctuation, include incidental and ISBD punctuation needed within any subfields. Otherwise, omit the punctuation outlined above.

500
    Reprint. Originally published: Chicago : Lawrence Hill Books, 2009

For more information on punctuation, including OCLC policy, see section 2.8, Punctuation.

Indexing

For indexing and searching information, see Searching WorldCat Indexes, field 500.

MARC 21

For more information, including content designator history, see MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data, field 500.

This page last revised: July 13, 2022