Attaching to set vs individual records for multipart print material other than serials

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This policy applies to print works that are issued in multiple volumes. This policy does not apply to serials (see Attaching to serial vs monograph records for serials other than periodicals) or audiovisual material (See Attaching to set vs individual records for multipart audiovisual material)

  • Use a monographic set record for complete works in multiple volumes that are published in the same year with the same title. Examples are encyclopedias or multivolume biographies where all volumes have the same title
  • Use an individual record for separate works published in a series. Example is the Great books of the Western world series—each volume has a separate title
  • Use an individual record for multi-volume works on the same subject by the same author, published in different years with different titles or subtitles. Example is the biography of Winston Churchill by William Manchester. Volume 1 was published in 1983, Volume 2 in 1988, and Volume 3 in 2012. All have different volume titles
    • This applies to circulating items only. Items that do not circulate may be attached to a monographic set record if desired
  • Retrospective cataloging of existing items is recommended, but not required