Definition and scope:

Fields 500-59X contain bibliographic notes.  Each note is entered as a separate 5XX field.  General notes are recorded in field 500 (General Note).  Specialized notes are contained in fields 501-586.  The preference is for a specific note field, if there is one, when inputting specialized note information in the 5XX notes area.  Otherwise, use a 500 General Note.

Information that appears in the notes area on printed output or machine displays is not always recorded in a specially defined 5XX note field.  Data is sometimes carried in a structured or coded form in another field (e.g., field 086 (Government Document Classification Number) or field 310 (Current Publication Frequency)).  Some of the fields that contain information that is grouped with 5XX note fields in displays and on printed products are listed below.  For more information, select a field:

086  Government Document Classification Number

246  Varying Form of Title

247  Former Title

310  Current Publication Frequency

321  Former Publication Frequency

362  Dates of Publication and/or Sequential Designation

76X-78X  Linking Entry Fields

See also:

5XX  Note Fields

Variable Data Fields