First indicator - Display constant controller

#  Type of file

8  No display constant generated

Second indicator:

#  Undefined


a  Type of computer file or data note (NR)

6  Linkage (NR)

8  Field link and sequence number (R)

NOTE:  See MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data (516 Type of Computer File or Data Note) for code definitions not given below.


Record information that characterizes computer file aspects of a serial in field 516.  More specific information, such as the format or genre of the serial files (e.g., ASCII, hypertext, electronic journal), may be included along with a general description (e.g., text and graphic files).

Editing instructions

Field 516 does not end with a mark of punctuation unless the field ends with an abbreviation, initial/letter, or other data that ends with a mark of punctuation.

First indicator - Display constant controller

The display constant Type of file: may be generated based on the first indicator value (i.e., "#").  First indicator value "8" specifies that no display constant is to be generated.


$a  Type of computer file or data note.

Input in subfield $a the entire text of the note.

516 ## Text (electronic journal)

516 ## Text and graphic

516 8# Written in ISO 9660 and dBase III format

516 ## Hypertext, with links to text and non-text files

516 8# Electronic journal available in ASCII, Acrobat, and PostScript file formats

$6  Linkage.

For instructions on the use of subfield $6, see field 880.

Related fields, etc.

Notes - General Information

516 Type of Computer File or Data Note  (MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data)

See also:

5XX  Note Fields

Variable Data Fields

Section E.  MARC 21 Format for Serials as Applied Within CONSER

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