Use of ISBD Punctuation

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 Best Practice

This proposed SHARE cataloging standard is pending final vote by the SHARE membership. It is considered a best practice to be followed until the approval process is complete.

Bibliographic records that are imported into the Polaris database must include full ISBD punctuation, including punctuation between subfields, and ending punctuation.

New records created by the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) may optionally omit or relocate some ISBD punctuation. It was decided to continue the use of full ISBD punctuation in records in Polaris because omitting punctuation results in a confusing and inconsistent display of records in the PAC view.

If ISBD punctuation is not present in the OCLC record, it must be added or edited when the record is brought into Polaris.

Record with ISBD punctuation omitted per PCC guidelines:

100 1 _ ‡aGoss, Gary‡eauthor

245 1 0 ‡aBlue moon soup‡ba family cookbook : recipes ‡cby Gary Goss ; illustrated by Jane Dyer

250 _ _ ‡a1st edition

264 1 _ ‡aBoston‡bLittle, Brown‡c[1999]

264 4 _ ‡c©1999

300 _ _ ‡axi, 60 pages‡bcolor illustrations‡c26 cm

650 0 _ ‡aSoups

655 7 _ ‡aCookbooks‡2lcgft

700 1 _ ‡aDyer, Jane‡eillustrator

Change to:

100 1 _ ‡aGoss, Gary,‡eauthor.

245 1 0 ‡aBlue moon soup :‡ba family cookbook : recipes /‡cby Gary Goss ; illustrated by Jane Dyer.

250 _ _ ‡a1st edition.

264 1 _ ‡aBoston :‡bLittle, Brown,‡c[1999]

264 4 _ ‡c©1999

300 _ _ ‡axi, 60 pages :‡bcolor illustrations ;‡c26 cm

650 0 _ ‡aSoups.

655 7 _ ‡aCookbooks.‡2lcgft

700 1 _ ‡aDyer, Jane,‡eillustrator.

An equal sign (=) or semicolon (;) at the beginning of subfield b should be moved to precede subfield b.

If the record has:

245 1 4 ‡aThe cat in the hat‡b=El gato ensombrerado

Change to:

245 1 4 ‡aThe cat in the hat =‡bEl gato ensombrerado

 

If the record has:

245 0 0 ‡aSpeedway!‡b;Spin-out! ; Crypto-logic!

Change to:

245 1 4 ‡aSpeedway! ;‡bSpin-out! ; Crypto-logic!

A plus sign (+) at the beginning of subfield e should be moved to precede subfield e.

If the record has:

300 _ _ ‡a1 audio disc (18 min.)‡bdigital‡c4 3/4 in.‡e+1 book (61 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm)

Change to:

300 _ _ ‡a1 audio disc (18 min.) :‡bdigital ;‡c4 3/4 in. +‡e1 book (61 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm)

When ISBD punctuation is added, also change fixed field element Desc from c to i.

If the record includes pre-AACR2 punctuation, the record must be edited to current standards for ISBD punctuation. Edits may be saved to the OCLC master record.

Original records created in OCLC must include full ISBD punctuation.

The above examples do not show all the possibilities of ISBD punctuation. See OCLC’s Bibliographic Formats and Standards for information and examples for individual MARC tags.

Note: These are local edits only. Do not make these changes to OCLC master records.