Bibliography for MARC

The following list of resources is useful for further study in technical services.  Click the arrow at the bottom of the page to go to a brief final examination for this course.

Bibliography of cataloging sources

Anglo-American Cataloging Rules. 2nd ed., 1998 revision. American Library Assoc., 1998.

The complete cataloging rules for all materials formats.

Gorman, Michaels. The Concise AACR2. 1998 rev. American Library Assoc., 1998.

A condensed version of the complete cataloging rules. This is designed for smaller libraries and less complete cataloging than the full version of the rules.

Kao, Mary Liu. Cataloging and Classification for Library Technicians. 2nd ed. Haworth Press, 2001.

A manual that looks at the steps involved in descriptive cataloging, assigning subject headings, determining classification numbers and basic MARC techniques.

Dewey Decimal Classification. Forest Press.

Available in either an unabridged or abridged version, this supplies classification numbers for organizing library materials. The abridged version is designed for smaller libraries, to create an organizational scheme without the complexity of the full version, but the two versions cannot be used interchangeably.


Catalogers' Reference Shelf

"The Cataloger's Reference Shelf, a component of the help systems in ITS for Windows and the Library.Solution integrated online library system, has recently been published in web format and is available for free use by any cataloger with a web browser. The CRS is a collection of 21 MARC manuals and other reference works frequently accessed by technical services staff."


Dewey Decimal Classification

From OCLC, this site contains tutorials on using DDC, frequently asked questions, summaries, a bibliography, and other helpful cataloging information.


Library of Congress Cataloging

From the Library of Congress, this is a site that deals with all aspects of cataloging. It has online catalogs to search, frequently asked questions, information about LC publications related to cataloging, and connections to their support office.

Library of Congress Cataloging and Support Office, Library Services. Library of Congress Subject Headings. 23 ed. Library of Congress Cataloging Distribution Service, 2000.

Currently 5 volumes, this subject heading list is used by the Library of Congress in all the cataloging that they do. It is comprehensive and generally covers subjects with scientific or professional terminology. Geared towards the larger public or academic library.

OCLC. Concise Input Standards. 3rd ed. no date.

A listing of the possible fields for MARC with their subfields, tags, indicators and possible subfield codes. A manual such as this is necessary for interpreting and cataloging in the MARC format.

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