When cataloging works by an individual literary author, it is necessary to determine the proper form of the author’s name and the corresponding classification or Cutter number. Once these determinations have been made, it is necessary to decide which of the tables for the subarrangement of literary authors’ works in class P to apply, and which category in the table is appropriate for the work being cataloged. This instruction sheet provides guidelines on making the necessary subarrangement decisions as well as procedures for informing the shelflister of those decisions.


1. Categories in the literary author tables:

Note: AACR2 provides for the use of collective titles in descriptive cataloging. The terms used in these collective titles do not always correspond to the captions used in the literary author tables. Although these titles may be useful as guidance, base the final subarrangement decision on the rules below, not on the collective title used in the descriptive cataloging.

image\POINT_BL.gif Collections

image\POINT_BL.gif Separate works

2. Providing information for the shelflister:

Provide the following information for the shelflister on the STARS slip:

image\POINT_BL.gif The complete class number (including Cutter number, if applicable) for the author, if a number has already been established. If the author is not yet established, provide the number and the first letter of the Cutter number.

If the schedule provides more than a single number for the author, provide the specific number or Cutter appropriate for the work.

image\POINT_BL.gif The Cutter or Cutter span, taken from the appropriate table, that applies to the specific work.

image\POINT_BL.gif Any additional information required by Cutter spans, such as editor, translator, language, title, etc.

image\POINT_BL.gif The number of the table that is being used.

If the schedule does not yet indicate which table number applies for a specific author or in a specific area, submit a proposal to add the table number. Examples

See also:

Special Topics, Categories of Material, Etc.