First indicator - Display constant controller

#  Documentation

8  No display constant generated

Second indicator:

#  Undefined


a  Information about documentation note (NR)

z  International Standard Book Number (R)  [Not applicable]

6  Linkage (NR)

8  Field link and sequence number (R)

NOTE:  See MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data (556 Information About Documentation Note) for code definitions not given below.


Use field 556 to record information about the documentation for serials that explains their contents and use.  This field was initially established for the computer file format but through format integration now applies to all materials.  Documentation for computer files may be published in print accompanying the computer file, or may be available by remote access.  This note is sometimes displayed and/or printed with an introductory term that is generated as a display constant.

First indicator - Display constant controller

The display constant Documentation: 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  Information about documentation note.

Input in subfield $a the text of the documentation note.  Accompanying material other than the documentation for the file can be described in a 500 general note.

500 ## Accompanied by: Installation software on 1 floppy disk (5 1/4 in.)

556 ## SPIRS users' manual, tutorial on 1 floppy disk (3 1/2 in.), quick reference cards.

556 8# Accompanied by users' guide.

556 8# User's guide available online via Internet email and FTP access.

856 0# $3 User's guide available via email $a $h almanac $i send ejoe guide

856 1# $3 User's guide avialable via FTP $a $d /doc/joe $f ejoeguide.*

130 0# Value line investment survey (Expanded ed.)

556 8# Accompanied by manual: How to use the value line investment survey, expanded edition.

$6  Linkage.

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

Related fields, etc.

300, 500, 856

556 Information About Documentation 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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