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Cataloging Resources

Cataloging Tools

The Cataloging Calculator by Kyle Banerjee includes quick access to:

  • Cutters (main entry, geographic, and translation)
  • MARC Variable fields (Bib) and fixed fields (BKS and SER (Bib), and Name Authority)
  • AACR2 Abbreviations

Ending Punctuation for Variable Fields
AUTOCAT Archives (Subscribe, unsubscribe, browse or search the AUTOCAT archives. Must be a subscriber to search)
AUTOCAT Public Archives
Guidelines for the Use of Field 856
LC Cataloging Distribution Service (Where one can order LC cataloging tools)
Order of Notes (Penn State Libraries)
Cataloging Cheat Sheets
Differences Between, Changes Within: Guidelines on When to Create a New Record (ALCTS)


Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA
AACR2 Roman Alphabet Abbreviations
AACR2 Access Points
RDA (Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA)


What is FRBR? Library of Congress, Barbara Tillett

Connexion Client Macros

Walt Nickeson’s Macros
Joel Hahn’s Macros
Merry L. Morris’ Macros

Rule Interpretations

Cataloging Service Bulletins, 1978-2010, including Library of Congress Rule Interpretations
Current LCRI
Library of Congress Policy Statements for RDA

Levels of cataloging

Modes of Cataloging Employed in the Cataloging Directorate (LC)
Record Requirements for Full, Core, and Minimal Level Records (CONSER)
Full, Core, and Minimal-Level Cataloging (OCLC)
Levels of cataloguing treatment (NLC)
BIBCO Core Record Standards

Cataloging of Special Materials

Please note that many of these links are duplicated and supplemented in the "Cataloging Tool Meta-List" section above.


Archival Moving Image Materials

Archival Moving Image Materials Manual (1999)


A/V Materials

Useful Websites for AV Catalogers from OLAC (OnLine Audiovisual Catalogers)
Publications and Training Materials from OLAC's Cataloging Policy Committee
Guidelines for Subject Analysis of A/V Materials  (ALCTS)


Electronic Resources

ISBD(ER): International Standard Bibliographic Description for Electronic Resources
Cataloging Electronic Resources: OCLC-MARC Coding Guidelines 
Guidelines for the Use of Field 856


Graphic materials

Graphic Materials: Rules for Describing Original Items and Historical Collections
Thesaurus for Graphic Materials I: Subject Terms
Thesaurus for Graphic Materials II: Genre and Physical Characteristic Terms
Art & Architecture Thesaurus Online (Getty)


Looseleaf Publications

Description of Looseleaf Publications 2nd ed. (with Special Emphasis on Legal Materials) (1989)



Map Cataloging Manual (1991)
Map Cataloger's Toolbox  (University at Buffalo Libraries)



New Sound Recording Formats – LC Practice
Music Cataloging at Yale
MLA Clearinghouse


Rare Books

Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Books, 2nd ed. (1991)



CONSER (An International Cooperative Serials Cataloging Program)
About the CONSER Program (Library of Congress)
CONSER Cataloging Manual (1991)
Remote Access Electronic Serials (Online Serials)
Tools for Serials Catalogers

Authority Control


General Authority Information and Tools

Web World of Authority Control
NACO Participants' Manual,3rd ed.
Authorities: Format and Indexes from OCLC
Authorities and Vocabularies from Library of Congress
Library of Congress Authorities


MARC Coding

MARC 21 Format for Authority Data


Personal Names

Union List of Artist Names (Getty Vocabulary Program)
S9.com Biographical Dictionary
Biography Center
Dead People Server
Biography (InfoPlease.com)
Virtual International Authority File


Geographic Names

U.S. Board on Geographic Names
The GEOnet Names Server (Provides access to the National Imagery and Mapping Agency's (NIMA) database of foreign geographic feature names)
Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (Getty Vocabulary Program)


General Reference

The WorldFactbook
Cambridge Dictionaries Online
DOT Dictionary of Occupational Titles Index
Encyclopedia.com (HighBeam Research) 
GPO Access (U.S. Government Publications)
Search copyright information (U.S. Copyright Office)

MARC Information

Understanding MARC Bibliographic: Machine-Readable Cataloging
Exchange Formats (British Library)
MARC Specialized Tools



MARC Formats and Standards
MARC Advisory Committee Proposals
MARC Standards : MARC 21 Formats (MARC concise format, MARC field lists, MARC code lists) Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative (Library of Congress move away from MARC)



UNIMARC Manual : Bibliographic Format 1994 (IFLA Universal Bibliographic Control and International MARC Core Programme - UBCIM)
UNIMARC Manual – Authorities Format 2001 (Concise version)


Classification and Shelflisting



Four Major Classification Schemes (introduction to LCC, DDC, UDC, and CC)
MARC Format for Classification Data
OCLC’s Classify (Experimental classification service)


Library of Congress

LCC Outline from LC (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader or WordPerfect 8)
Subject Cataloging Manual: Classification
LC Filing Rules
LC Shelflisting
LC Cutter Tables (MIT Libraries) LC P Class Cutters (MIT Libraries)
Call Number Shelflisting (Wesleyan University)
Shelflisting Introduction (Yale University)
The Cataloging Calculator



U.S. Government Printing Office (G.P.O.) Superintendent of Documents Number

SuDoc Classification Manual
SuDoc Classification System Explanation


National Library of Medicine

NLM Classification Fact Sheet


Dewey Decimal Classification

Dewey Decimal Classification Home Page (OCLC)


Universal Decimal Classification

About Universal Decimal Classification (UDC Consortium)


Foreign Languages and Scripts


Language Information for Catalogers

Belles Lettres Cataloging Handbook(Stanford)
Glossary of bibliographic information by language
iLoveLanguages (Includes links to spoken, written, signed, or invented languages as well as a listing of translating dictionaries)
Ethnologue, Languages of the World (Searchable database of language resources from SIL, Summer Institute of Linguistics)
VoyCabulary (Online dictionary and thesaurus web linking lookup reference tool)



Mezzofanti Translations
Babel Fish Translation 
Google's Language Tools


EAD (Encoded Archival Description)
MODS (Metadata Object Description Schema)
TEI (Text Encoding Initiative)
Metadata and Cataloging Online Resources (Steven J. Miller, selected reference documents, websites, articles)


Other Metadata Resources 

The Warwick Metadata Workshop: a Framework for the Deployment of Resource Description (Metadata for networked information resources)
Digital Libraries: Metadata Resources (IFLANET)
UKOLN Metadata


Dublin Core

Dublin Core Metadata Initiative
DCMI Workshop Series
UKOLN Metadata Resources: Dublin Core


Library Catalogs

Libdex (Worldwide directory of library homepages, web-based OPACs, Friends of the Library pages, and library e-commerce affiliate links)
Library of Congress Online Catalog
Library of Congress WWW/Z39.50 Gateway
State Libraries 
National Libraries of the World
Amicus (National Catalogue of Canada)
Western European Library Catalogs on the Internet




Online Computer Library Center (OCLC)

OCLC's support page
OCLC Technical Bulletins
When to Input a New Record
Participating Institutions search
Bibliographic Formats and Standards
Authorities: Format and Indexes from OCLC
OCLC Products, Services and E-Content


Cataloger's Desktop/Classification Plus

LC Cataloging Distribution Service


Discussion Lists, Blogs, Newsletters

AUTOCAT (subscription)
AUTOCAT (public)
OCLC lists
Next Generation Catalogs for Libraries
Cataloging Futures
Coyle’s InFormation
Outgoing: Library Metadata Techniques & Trends
ALCTS (Association for Library Collections and Technical Services) Newsletter