This appendix contains examples of cataloging records that contain all of the MARC data elements required for minimal-level bibliographic records.  Minimal level record requirements have been chosen to provide sufficient information to identify a bibliographic item and generate a basic bibliographic description.  (Minimal-level records can be identified by code 7 in Leader/17 (Encoding level).)  Record examples may include more data elements than those identified by minimal-level record requirements.  Although the data is taken from actual bibliographic records, these records are included for illustrative purposes only and are not usable for bibliographic purposes.

The creator of the bibliographic data is not specified in these sample records.  Field 008/39 contains code d (Other sources), and field 040 (Cataloging Source), subfields $a and $c contain the phrase <organization code> instead of a valid MARC code.  In addition, field 001 (Record Control Number) and field 003 (Record Number Identifier) contain the phrases <control number> and <control number identifier>, respectively, indicating that the record is an example only.  The system-generated portions of the Leader (LDR) are represented by asterisks (*).  The records also lack a system-generated Directory.  Field 008 character positions have been segmented to improve readability.  Although the exact segmentation varies, the first two segments always contain positions 00-05 and 06-14.  The last segment always contains positions 35-39.

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Computer File

Musical Score



Mixed Materials

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