Option Decision:

Apply the optional provision of the rule on a case-by-case basis.


1.   Usually make a separate entry for material that either is not issued at the same time as the main work or shows an important difference in titles or statements of responsibility from those appearing in the main work.

2.   Do not apply multilevel description to any item.

3.   Generally record in a note material of the following types:

a.   The item is clearly of little bibliographic importance.

b.   Although the item might be eligible for method 4, it is best described by a less general terminology than that used under method 4.

c.   The item is best mentioned in a note because the title on the item is more a description than a true title.

d.   The item is a supplement, etc., that is usable only in conjunction with the main work.

4.   Generally record material at the end of the physical description when the item satisfies all the following conditions:

a.   It is issued at the same time and by the same publisher as the main work and essentially is of use only in conjunction with the main work.

b.   It is by the same author as the main work or makes no mention of an author or, if it is by a different author, the nature of the work makes unnecessary any note or added entry for this different author.

c.   The title is a general term (e.g. "teacher’s manual") or is otherwise dependent on the title of the main work or lacks a title (e.g., "plates").  (When recording materials at the end of the physical description, always use a generic term in English.)

Catalog separately all supplements, etc., to serials, except for indexes that may be noted according to 12.7B7 and 12.7B17 and supplements, etc., that may be noted informally according to method 3c or 3d.

See also:

1.5. Physical Description Area