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When creating notes for 5XX fields, use the vocabulary found in the sources below, using them in the order of preference provided. When these sources are inadequate, use terminology found in the bibliography section, Reference tools for rare book cataloging at Houghton.

Cataloging Manual for Printed and Graphic Materials. Houghton Library. Dept. of Technical Services. Rare Books Cataloging Team

RDA Toolkit. Glossary.

Anglo-American Rules. 2nd ed. Revised 2005. Glossary.

Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books). 2007. Glossary.

Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Music). Glossary.

Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Serials). Glossary.

RBMS form and genre terms. For these six lists, see the 655 section.

Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus.

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names.

Glaister, Geoffrey Ashall. Encyclopedia of the Book. 1996.

Webster's Unabridged. (1996 with updates).


  1. Let's see how stable the RDA link is.

    1. I was able to access it without any problem. The link won't work for non-Harvard people, but that is not the purpose and was not the concern that was raised.