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588  Source of Description Note (R)

Record Type


Input Standards

Field (Full/Minimal)
Required if applicable/Required if applicable
1st Indicator  Display constant controller
blank character No information provided
0 Source of description
1 Latest issue consulted
2nd Indicator  Undefined
blank character Undefined
Subfields (R=Repeatable  NR=Nonrepeatable) Input Standards (Full/Minimal)
ǂa Source of description note (NR) Mandatory/Mandatory
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


Information used for tracking and controlling the metadata contained in the record. It includes general and specific source of description notes that are of special interest to other catalogers. The field may be used for both continuing resources and monographic resources.

For continuing resources and multipart items, use to identify the issue, part, or iteration used as the basis for identification of the resource.

For online resources, also include the date on which the resource was viewed for description.

For information on punctuation, see the Punctuation section below.

1st Indicator

Display constant controller. Enables the generation of a display constant preceding the note text. Prefer use of 1st indicator values 0 or 1 rather than inputting the captions Description based on, Identification of the resource based on, or Latest issue consulted.

blank character

No information provided. Used if display terms are included in subfield ǂa, or are not needed.


Source of description. Used to generate a display constant meaning source of description.


Latest issue consulted. Used to generate a display constant meaning latest issue consulted.

2nd Indicator

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

blank character



ǂa Source of description note

Note containing administrative information about the record, such as source of description (e.g., description based on or identification of the resource based on notes) or latest issue consulted.

588 0   Volume 2, number 2 (February 1984); title from cover
588 0   Print version record
588 0   Online resource; title from pdf information screen (EBSCO, viewed November 19, 2013)
588 0   2012 edition; title from title screen (viewed January 13, 2014)
588 0   Part 2, published 1998
588 1   6. Jahrgang, Heft 3 (April 1920)
588 1   Volume 4, number 4 (October 1959)
588 1   2014 (viewed January 13, 2014)
ǂ5 Institution to which field applies

For information about subfield ǂ5, see Control Subfields.

588     Cannot determine the relationship to Bowling illustrated, also published in New York, 1952-1958 ǂ5 DLC
588     Publication to be resumed by F&W Publications, Inc. in October 2009 ǂ5 EZB
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.


For records containing punctuation, follow these instructions:

  • Include incidental punctuation needed within any subfields, e.g., commas, periods (following abbreviations or initials), etc.
  • 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
  • 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)
588 0   Volume 14, number 3 (June 2021); title from cover.

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

588 0   Volume 14, number 3 (June 2021); title from cover

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


Field 588 is not indexed.


For more information, including content designator history, see MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data, field 588.

This page last revised: July 13, 2022