When the description in the areas preceding the note area does not clearly identify the material being cataloged, make all notes necessary for unambiguous identification.  Notes qualify and amplify the formal description, including instances where the rules do not allow certain information to be placed there. ( FN 1)  They can, therefore, deal with any aspect of the material.

By their very nature, notes cannot be enumerated exhaustively, but they can be categorized in terms of the area of the description.  In addition, there are notes that do not correspond to formal description.  It may be useful to group notes that refer to more than one area, for instance when they are all based on one source.  When appropriate, refer to a detailed description in an authoritative source, or use both notes and the reference to the authoritative source.

5A.  Preliminary Rules

5B.  Notes

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