Notes are made to describe all the contents (other than cartographic) of an item, whether on the recto, verso, cover, or accompanying material.

Contents are generally understood not to include legends, titles, publisher information, etc., as these are regarded as integral to the map.

Contents are listed in notes that are given in the order of recto contents, verso contents, and cover contents. A contents item that occurs on both the recto and the verso is included in both a recto note and a verso note, even of the contents item is continued from one side to the other.

Contents notes are of three types: Simple, structured, and formatted (tag 505). In a simple contents note, items are described either in standard terms or by quoting titles that appear on the work. A structured contents note being with a descriptive term or phrase (e.g., Insets: ..., On verso: ..., etc.) and an exact transcription of the titles of the items described. A formatted contents note (tag 5050) begins with a standard introductory term or phrase (i.e., Contents: ... or Partial Contents: ...) (29) and an exact transcription of the titles of the items described. The choice of using a simple contents note versus a structured or formatted contents note, or using a \combination, is generally based on aesthetics, style, or readability.

Like a formatted contents note, elements of structured contents notes are separated by standard ISBD punctuation (i.e., space-dash-space).

Simple Contents - Terminology

Simple Contents - Construction

Structured Contents

Formatted Contents

Special Contents: Bibliography Note

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