Categories of notes are transcribed in the bibliographic description in a particular, prescribed order. The order of notes within these categories, however, is determined by considerations of type, aesthetics, readability, etc.

The various types of notes within each category are not to be considered exhaustive, but are presented only as guides. The order in which the notes appear under the major categories is not an indication of prescribed order within the category as they are given alphabetically.

For discussions of the use of these and the other types of notes, refer to the description of the specific category.

The content designation, if other than a general note (tag 500), is included in parentheses following the capion.

Nature and scope of the item

Microform reduction ratio


Microform reader

Source of title proper

Accompanying material

Variations in title


Parallel titles and other title information


Statement of responsibility


Edition and history

Reference to published description

(510 for brief reference) 

Donor, source, etc. and previous owners

Other formats available

Published versions of manuscript items


Reproduction information


Mathematical and other cartographic data

Copy being described and holdings

Publication, distribution, etc.


Physical description

Cataloger’s note (952)

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