502  Dissertation Note (R)


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Input Standards

Required if applicable/Optional
1st Indicator  Undefined
blank character  Undefined
2nd Indicator  Undefined
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Subfields (R=Repeatable  NR=Nonrepeatable) Input Standards
a Dissertation note (NR) Mandatory/Mandatory
b Degree type (NR) Optional/Optional
c Name of granting institution (NR) Optional/Optional
d Year degree granted (NR) Optional/Optional
g Miscellaneous information (R) Optional/Optional
o Dissertation identifier (R) Optional/Optional


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 a 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. See section 3.1, " Theses and Dissertations," for more information.


You may use field 502 with either a single subfield a or multiple subfields: b, c, d, and g (subfield o can be used with either option). Follow local practice and the guidelines below.

Single subfield a

502     Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Louisville, 1997.
502     Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Louisville, 1997 o U 58.4033.

Multiple subfields

502     b Ph. D. c University of Louisville d 1997.
502     b Ph. D. c University of Louisville d 1997 o U 58.4033.

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

  1. Follow MARC 21 input conventions, which specify a period at the end of the field.
  2. LCRI 1.0C still applies so that an abbrevation 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."

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

  1. The thesis designation is omitted; it should not be input in b or g.
  2. 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).

1st Indicator

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

2nd Indicator

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


Note: If a record contains subfield a, it cannot contain these subfields ( b, c, d, and g).
a 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.
b Degree type Degree for which author was candidate.
502     b Ph. D. c University of Louisville d 1997.
c Name of granting institution The name of the institution that granted the degree.
502     b M.A. c International Faith Theological Seminary, London d 2005.
d Year degree granted The year in which the degree was granted.
502     b M.A. c McGill University d 1972 g Inaugural thesis.
g Miscellaneous information Data that is not more appropriately contained in another defined subfield.
502     g Karl Schmidt's thesis b Doctoral c Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich d 1965.
o 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.) o U 58.4033


Field 502 prints as a note. See " 5xx Introduction" for more information.

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