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505s can be either basic (second indicator blank), with all contents in a single subfield $$a, or enhanced (second indicator 0), with contents encoded using subfields $$t, $$r, and $$g. When producing original records, create enhanced 505 notes whenever possible. Basic 505 notes are abundant in existing records; there is no obligation to enhance them.

Catalogers may encounter older records in which the 505 is divided into two or more fields, with first indicator 0 for the first 505 note, and first indicator 8 for the subsequent 505 field(s). This practice owed to a 2000-character limit per MARC field in Aleph, Alma's predecessor. In Alma, no such limit applies, and newly-created 505 notes should be kept to a single field; again, there is no obligation to update existing notes.

Supplied information should be in the language of the manifestation. See RDA 2.3.2.11: "Use the language and script appropriate to the content of the resource being described, except where instructed to use specific terminology"; and the LC-PCC PS Alternative: "Devise a title in a language and script preferred by the agency preparing the description." The Rare Book Section interprets these instructions to mean that the language of the manifestation is preferable.

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  1. Removed instructions for splitting 505s, now that Alma has done away with field length limitations; added a historical note that divided 505s may be encountered in the catalog and do not require intervention. Also added a stronger recommendation to create enhanced 505s.