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502  Dissertation Note (R)

Record Type

BIB

Input Standards

Field (Full/Minimal)
Required if applicable/Required if applicable
1st Indicator  Undefined
blank character Undefined
2nd Indicator  Undefined
blank character Undefined
Subfields (R=Repeatable  NR=Nonrepeatable) Input Standards (Full/Minimal)
ǂa Dissertation note (NR) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂb Degree type (NR) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂc Name of granting institution (NR) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂd Year degree granted (NR) Required if applicable/Required if applicable
ǂg Miscellaneous information (R) Optional/Optional
ǂo Dissertation identifier (R) Optional/Optional
ǂ6 Linkage (NR) System supplied/System supplied
ǂ7 Data provenance (R) Optional/Optional
ǂ8 Field link and sequence number (R) Optional/Optional

Definition

A note that gives the designation of an academic dissertation or thesis and the institution to which it was presented. Use field 502 also to include the degree for which the author was a candidate, name of the granting institution or faculty, the year it was granted, and the dissertation identifier. Dissertation information may be encoded as a note in subfield ǂa or parsed into specific subfields.

Use field 500 for other notes indicating the relationship between the item being cataloged and the author's dissertation or thesis (e.g., Originally presented as ...). Use field 500 also for notes concerning abstracts, abridgements, or revision of theses, as well as honors papers, term papers, etc., which are not submitted as part of requirements for an academic degree. See section 3.1, "Theses and Dissertations," for more information.

For information on punctuation, see the Punctuation section below.

Guidelines

You may use field 502 with either a single subfield ǂa or multiple subfields ǂb, ǂc, ǂd, and/or ǂg. Subfield ǂo can be used with either option. Prefer use of field 502 with multiple subfields to provide the level of detail specified by RDA instructions. Do not use subfield ǂg to record academic units, advisors, or field of study. Instead, add captioned notes in field 500. The field of study should be included in the subfield ǂb only if it is an integral part of the degree name, otherwise record it in field 500. If needed, access points with relator terms may be provided for personal names and corporate bodies associated with the degree.

Regardless of the choice of subfield practice (single ǂa or multiple), follow these guidelines.

  • LCRI 1.0C specifies that an abbreviation consisting of more than a single letter is treated as a word separated by a space from preceding or succeeding words or initials, e.g., "Ph. D." not "Ph.D." For consistency between pre-RDA and RDA records, follow abbreviation practice under LCRI 1.0C along with LC-PCC PS 7.9.1.3.

If using multiple subfields, follow these guidelines in addition to those above.

  • The thesis designation is omitted; it should not be input in subfields ǂb or ǂg
  • Punctuation separating elements is omitted (no parentheses around the type of degree, no dash separating the type of degree and institution, and no comma separating the institution and date)
  • Do not include a period at the end of the field
 

Single subfield ǂa

502     Thesis (M. Eng.)--University of Louisville, 2013
502     Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Louisville, 2012 ǂo 5382
502     Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Nevada, 2013

Multiple subfields with optional note fields

502     ǂb M. Eng. ǂc University of Louisville ǂd 2013
500     Department: Department of Bioengineering
500     Advisor: Hermann Bueno Frieboes
500     Includes vita
502     ǂb Ph. D. ǂc University of Louisville ǂd 2012 ǂo 5382
500     Field of study: Microbiology
500     Department: Department of Biology
500     Advisor: Susanna K. Remold
500     Includes vita
502     ǂb Ph. D. ǂc University of Nevada ǂd 2013
500     Field of study: Geology
500     Department: Department of Earth Sciences
500     Advisor: L.G. Smith
500     Includes vita

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

Note: If a record contains subfield ǂa, it cannot contain subfields ǂb, ǂc, ǂd, and/or ǂg.

ǂa Dissertation note

The entire text of the note.

502     Inaug.--Diss.--Heidelberg, 1972
502     Karl Schmidt's thesis (doctoral)--Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, 1965
502     Mémoire de stage (3e cycle)--Université de Nantes, 1981
502     Thesis (M.A.)--Yale University, 1974
ǂb Degree type

Degree for which author was candidate.

502     ǂb Ph. D. ǂc University of Louisville ǂd 1997
ǂc Name of granting institution

The name of the institution that granted the degree.

502     ǂb M.A. ǂc International Faith Theological Seminary, London ǂd 2005
ǂd Year degree granted

The year in which the degree was granted.

502     ǂb M.A. ǂc McGill University ǂd 1972 ǂg Inaugural thesis
ǂg Miscellaneous information

Data not more appropriately contained in another defined subfield. Do not use subfield ǂg to record academic units, advisors, or field of study.

502     ǂg Karl Schmidt's thesis ǂb Doctoral ǂc Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich ǂd 1965
ǂo Dissertation identifier

Identifier assigned to a dissertation or theses for identification purposes. May be a local or global identifier.

502     Heidelberg, Phil. F., Diss. v. 1. Aug. 1958 (Nicht f. d. Aust.) ǂo U 58.4033
502     ǂb M.A. ǂc California State University, San Marcos ǂd 2013 ǂo 10211.8/388
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.

ǂ7 Data provenance

For information about subfield ǂ7, see Data Provenance Subfields.

ǂ8 Field link and sequence number

For information about subfield ǂ8, see Control Subfields.

Punctuation

For records containing punctuation, follow these instructions:

  • Include incidental and ISBD punctuation needed within any subfields, e.g., commas, periods (following abbreviations or initials), etc.
  • For fields with subfield ǂa, follow the term Thesis by the degree in parentheses, the name of the granting institution preceded by two hyphens, and the year the degree was granted preceded by a comma-space
  • For fields with subfields ǂb, ǂc, ǂd, and/or ǂg, omit punctuation preceding each subfield unless the preceding subfield ends with an ellipsis, exclamation point, hyphen, period (following an abbreviation or initial), question mark, closing bracket, or closing parenthesis
  • For fields with subfield ǂa, optionally, add a terminal period at the end of the field unless the last subfield ends with an ellipsis or period (following an abbreviation or initial)
  • For fields with subfields ǂb, ǂc, ǂd, and/or ǂg, omit the terminal period at the end of the field unless the last word is an abbreviation or initial
502     Thesis (Ph. D.)--Utah State University, 2012.
502     ǂb Ph. D. ǂc Utah State University ǂd 2012

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

502     Thesis (Ph. D.)--Utah State University, 2012
502     ǂb Ph. D. ǂc Utah State University ǂd 2012

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

Indexing

For indexing and searching information, see Searching WorldCat Indexes, field 502.

MARC 21

For more information, including content designator history, see MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data, field 502.

This page last revised: October 13, 2022