Standard format for a card catalog entry

There is a standard format to follow for a card catalog entry that looks like this:

025.32          Gorman, Michael
Gorman           The concise AACR2, 1998 revision / prepared by Michael
                     Gorman. – Chicago : American Library Assoc., 1999.
                         168 p. ; 23 cm.

                         Includes index
                         ISBN 0-8389-3494-3

                         1. Anglo-American cataloguing rules.  2. Descriptive
                      cataloging—Rules. I. Anglo-American cataloguing rules.
                      II. Title. III. Title: Concise Anglo-American cataloguing
                      Rules, 1998 revision.


In looking at the bibliographic part of this entry, we find the author, listed last name first, at the top of the entry. This is called the MAIN ENTRY. The main entry is usually the name of the author, but may also be the name of a business or corporation, government or department within a government, church, music group, or any other group of people who may have created a unique work of information.  In this example, the main entry is Gorman, Michael.

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