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A series is a group of separate items each with its own title proper but that share a collective title, one that applies to the group as a whole. For example, the book Divorce and Child Custody is also part of a series entitled Ask a Lawyer . Cataloging information for the series area is taken from the chief source of information whenever possible. Enclose the name of the series, which is also called the series statement, in square brackets if it is not from the chief source of information.
If the series title appears on the item exactly the way the cataloger wants it to be searched it is entered in the 440 field. This field uses no ending punctuation.
The first indicator is blank and the second indicator is for nonfiling articles.
This field may contain a variety of subfields. The most frequently used are listed below:
If a cataloger decides that the series title is not an appropriate access point as it appears on the item it is entered in the 490 field instead of the 440 field.
If no access is needed for the title, the first indicator is 0.
If a different form of access is preferred, the first indicator is 1 and the different access point is entered in an 8XX field. For example, if the series title on the item is Bulletin Number 5 it must be entered in the 490 field exactly as it appears, even if that is not the best way to make it accessible.
Reminder: Only the first indicator is used and the second indicator is blank. The first indicator specifies whether the series is traced in an 8XX field or not.
This field may contain a number of subfields. The most frequently used are listed below.
The title proper of the series area is recorded exactly as it appears on the item. Other title information is seldom included.
Statements of responsibility related to a series are included only if they are considered helpful in identifying the series. The statement of responsibility is entered after a space, back slash, space. The 440 field does not include a subfield |c.
If the ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) of the series appears in an item, it should be included in the series area. The ISSN is useful for identification and ordering purposes. It is entered in the record preceded by a comma and subfield code |x.
Numbering given within the series is recorded as part of the series area. Abbreviations are used and arabic numerals are substituted for non-arabic numerals. The numbering element is preceded by space, semicolon and subfield code |v.
If there is more than one series, each series is recorded as a separate series statement.
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